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Posted at: Sep 13, 2017, 1:55 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2017, 1:55 AM (IST)

Kisan mela on eco-friendly track

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, September 12

Highlighting the themes of “stop burning paddy straw, save environment” and “shun big fat weddings to reduce stress and debt”, the regional-level kisan mela of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was held here today.

Senior functionaries of PAU attributed the higher suicide rates among farmers to the disintegration of traditional Punjabi values like discipline, hard work and breakup of the joint family system.

Farmers rued that most of the space in the mela was allotted to private firms to promote the sale of new brands of cars, agriculture machinery, pesticides, insecticides and seeds of private firms.

In their address to the farmers, Amardeep Singh Cheema, member, Board of Management, PAU, and Dr BS Dhillon, VC, PAU, asked the farmers not to indulge in paddy straw burning and instead adopt its management technologies. However, the farmers were not convinced about the technologies as these were further increasing their input costs.

Cheema blamed the agricultural crisis to the increased cost of production and a comparatively low MSP. Farmers said they were not offered any formula to cut the production cost.


Motor companies woo farmers 

  • When Amardeep Singh Cheema, member, Board of Management, PAU, was giving a call to the farmers to shun big, fat social gatherings and instead adopt the culture of simplicity, the motor companies at their booking counters in the mela were wooing farmers with “easy financing” for purchasing new model of cars.

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