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Haryana

This young farmer champions ‘no stubble-burning’ cause

October 17, 2021 10:42 PM

Deepak Sharma

Ismailabad,

When Chief Minister Manohar Lal patted young farmer Satish Rana of Jalbehara village in Pehowa after seeing his activity in the campaign to prevent stubble burning, this youth only put machinery worth two crores in the fields to save the stubble. This time a target has been set to save stubble of four thousand acres. This young farmer remains a source of inspiration for other farmers today.

Satish Rana has been associated with social work for many years. When he took up farming after leaving school, he looked at the fertility of the land, and was always against burning of stubble or crop residues. In the year 2018, he started work with a square baler.

In the very first year itself, about 2,000 acres of stubble was saved from fire. He started a campaign against stubble burning going from village to village by setting up a Customer Hiring Center. On behalf of the state government, Chief Minister Manohar Lal patted his back by awarding him. The Chief Minister encouraged him to become a flag bearer in this sphere. There was no second thought after that.

Satish Rana took two new square baler machines and increased their number to three. In three years, ten thousand acres of stubble was saved. This time a target has been set to save about four thousand acres of stubble by including round baler machine. Rana said that this time machinery worth two crores is being used to make stubble bundles.

Rana said that now progressive farmers are joining other farmers in this campaign by forming a club. He said he had received many awards from Kurukshetra Deputy Commissioner, SDM Pehowa and District Agriculture Deputy Director.

Rana says that the straw which was burnt and turned into ashes. He is getting a medal because of the same straw. So far, he had made Rs 30 lakh from his work. Along with this, he has won a dozen awards. Rana says that a day will come when smoke will not be seen anywhere in the fields. He said that the help that the farmer is getting from the present central and state governments, has never been received from any government.

 

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