The Fact News Service
Sri Muktsar Sahib, September 13
To promote subsistence farming under Atma scheme, about 35 farmers from different villages of Gidderbaha block were given a tour of Jawanda Natural Farm, Village Badbar, District Barnala.
On this occasion Chief Agriculture Officer, Shri Muktsar Sahib Dr. Mr. Charanjit Singh Kenth said that Harwinder Singh, a farmer of Barnala district and his brother were cultivating 40-45 crops in a year instead of 2 or 4.
He said that the farmers were planting sugarcane, sweet maize, pulses, millets, orchards under PAU model, dragon fruit etc. in multicropping. Apart from this, the farmers also prepare and sell medicinal plants such as white musli, ashwagandha, akarkara, citronella, lemon grass and vegetable cheese. He also informed that the farmers were making good profit by selling their produce, cheese / medicine plant by setting up a farmer hut on Barnala-Sangrur highway under Atma scheme.
Farmer Harwinder Singh showed his farm to the farmers who visited his farm and told about his personal experience in natural farming that in natural farming no insects are killed by pesticides but the insects are repelled from the field by natural methods.
He said that if the job seekers were present on their duty from 9:00 am to 5:00 am then how could the farmers earn anything by spending only 2 hours in the fields.
Dr. Karanjit Singh (PD) Atma said that farmers should take guidance from farmers like Harwinder Singh and they can be successful only if they start using every crop residue in the field. Apart from the farmers, Jagmohan Singh, Jobandeep Singh, Amandeep Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur (ADO), Jagtar Singh (AEO), Ashish Arora (BTM), Bhagat Singh (A.D.) SI), Jagpreet Singh (ATM).