India’s overall socio-economic development is based on multiple factors which require active participation from various sectors, viz. Government, Private or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Our agricultural sector is one such area that requires high concentration for its development and improvement. Due to uneven seasonal conditions, declining soil and other natural conditions, it requires attention from time to time.

Paddy Burning or crop residual burning or stubble burning is one such hazardous agricultural activity that needs stoppage at the earliest opportunity. This practice is nothing but deliberately putting fire to the residue left after harvesting the wheat and other grains. This practice is mostly prevalent in the northern region of India, particularly in Punjab. Although, this practice is cheap and cleans the field completely for new sowing of crops, it has many harmful effects on the environment as well. For instance, it leads to a loss of nutrients, high pollution from smoke, it damages the electrical equipment and there is always the risk of fire spreading out of control.

To lessen the worries of our farmers, Birla Soft with Seed CSR and PAU one of leading CSR Implementation Partner, have initiated a Social Initiative called “Shodhan” in Agethi and bibipur village Patiala, Punjab.

This CSR Initiative has been started to introduce new techniques for wiping off the crop residues without leaving anything harmful behind to destroy the environment. Even as the state is pushing for “in-situ” management of paddy straw as an alternative to burning it, most farmers seem reluctant to give up their age-old practice in the absence of any government incentive.

To bring this behavioural change in the practise of residual management this social initiative is being started. With the very first interaction with the farmers , many farmers come forward to adapt to this new technique of crop residual management. The objective of this Shodhan Project is to to tackle the huge quantity of straw generated is to incorporate it back into the soil (in situ). Not only it improves the soil quality, but also reduces the use of chemical fertiliser. With the initial response, more than 100 farmers come forward to participate in this awareness session for the betterment of the Crop Residual Management

Birla Soft with Seed CSR is empanelled with Agricultural Board to provide with machines such as balers, choppers, rotavators, happy seeders, and rakes for the smart management for Crop Residual. With this initiative it will mark another magnificent step in improving the Agriculutral Development in India.

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