Mohali, 24 September, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Devising the new solutions to tackle jeopardy of stubble burning, the Department of Agriculture has stepped up towards innovative ways of digitalization. On these lines, the department has decided to provide all the crop residue management machinery online on rent to prevent the menace.
Disclosing this here today Deputy Commissioner Ms. Isha Kalia apprised that the department has started the ‘I-Khet Punjab’ App to ease out the accessibility of this machinery on the pattern of Ola or Uber. Farmers can get or offer the machinery on rent registering themselves as custom hiring groups or cooperative societies on this mobile app.
The Deputy Commissioner further said that this initiative would be benefitted for small and marginal farmers and they can easily hire the machinery free of cost and manage to cultivate wheat by mixing the stubble in the fields with the help of these state of the art apparatus.
Meanwhile, Chief Agriculture Officer SAS Nagar Rajesh Kumar Raheja said that a total of 567 machines made available in the district out of which 84 were owned by farmer groups, 303 by cooperative societies and 179 by individual farmers.
He said that the details of all these machines have been uploaded on the I-Khet Punjab app to help out farmers. He said that farmers will now be able to order these machines online through this app.
Similarly, farmers, custom hiring centers and co-operative societies will also be able to make a profit by renting out these ultra-modern equipments. He said that the district also have 38 Happy Seeders, 72 Super Seeders, 102 Zero Drills, 64 Super SMS, 35 Straw Choppers, 32 Mulchers, 55 Reversible Ploughs, 30 Rotavators, 4 Balers, 4 Racks and 1 Cutter Cum Spreader.
Mr. Raheja also informed that the online approvals have been issued by the Department for providing 176 new machines on subsidy. He urged farmers to restrain from purchasing expensive machines and get it online from the farmer groups and cooperative societies.