Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 22
To educate farmers about the ill-effects of burning of wheat straw during the rabi season, Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal today released four jingles. These jingles have been prepared jointly by the experts of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, and Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).
Agrawal said the district administration had been continuously making dedicated efforts for educating farmers about ill-effects of burning of the wheat straw. He said it was due to these efforts that as compared to the last two years, the number of fire incidents till May 21 had decreased. He said these fire incidents were decreasing with each passing year.
He said the total number of fire incidents were 730 till May 21, 2018, followed by 717 till May 21, 2019, and till May 21, 2020, the fire incidents have gone down to 648. He said this has been possible because all the stakeholders have been working hard to bring down the fire incidents.
Sandeep Bahl, Senior Environmental Engineer, PPCB, Ludhiana, urged the farmers of the district to act responsibly and not indulge in burning of wheat straw in the larger interest of the people. He said burning of wheat straw reduces the soil fertility, besides it also pollutes the environment. In view of Covid-19 pandemic, burning of wheat straw can cause diseases such as problem in breathing, lungs etc, due to which people can fall prey to Covid-19. He said FIRs are being registered against the farmers who are burning wheat straw.
Dr Anil Sharma, Assistant Director (Television), PAU, said these jingles have been prepared keeping in mind that the farmers can be educated about the ill-effects of burning of wheat straw. He said the lyrics of these jingles had been penned by a Punjabi poet, Prof Gurbhajan Gill, and sung by folk singer Rajinder Malhar. Dialogues are by singer Harmit Singh and Dr Anil Sharma himself, all the actors in these jingles are students of PAU namely Harjoban Singh, Jaswant Singh, Abhishek Vij, Sharan Aulakh, Prabh Dhaliwal, Palwinder Baasi, master Anhad Prem Singh (son of a PAU employee) and Surinder Singh.
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