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Jaldoot Training

PAHAL youth organization organized a one-day training program for promotion of sustainable agricultural practices, irrigation practices as well as the new technology available for optimum water use for agriculture with the help of National Bank for Agricultural & Rural Development regional office Chandigarh. The inaugural session was presided over by honorable Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Sh Varinder Kumar IAS. In his inaugural address, he said that only history will talk about the bad effects of the green revolution one day. No doubt Punjab became the grain bowl of India but the villages of Punjab have had a fierce impact of the green revolution. During this time use of fertilizers &  pesticides turned into their abuse and water was also exploited non-judicially due to lack of far-sighted thinking which resulted in lowering down of water level. The current situation of water scarcity is so extreme that it raises a question on the existence of our future generations. Sh. Rajesh Datta, DDM NABARD said that NABARD will work for awareness of farmers about water conservation in 1 lakh villages through 8000 Jal Doots out of whom 200 will work in 5000 villages of Punjab. Prof. Lakhbir Singh president PAHAL said that PAHAL will train 32 Jal Doots to work in 400 villages of Districts Jalandhar, Kapurthala & Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. After training, these Jal Doots will visit the villages and sensitize more than 50 farmers in each village regarding the latest techniques and farming technology available to grow more crop per drop of water. Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Deputy Director Krishi Vigyan Kendra Noormahal Jalandhar said in his technical session that growing 1 Kilograms of rice requires 4000 liters of water to be pumped from groundwater which can never be recharged easily. Sh. Naresh Gulati Chief Agricultural Officer, department of agriculture said that crop diversification is the need of the hour. He talked about the importance of awareness among farmers. Er. Lupinder Singh Distt Soil conservation officer Jalandhar said that there are many options available for farmers to reduce the consumption of water used during irrigation and government is promoting these options by various means. Apart from others, Sh Wattan Singh, Lead District Manager Jalandhar also addressed the Jal Doots. Mr. Liakatbir Singh, master trainer for the districts Jalandhar, Kapurthala & SBS Nagar familiarized the Jal Doots with all the technicalities of the campaign and of the android app for data collection for the creation of a database of all India’s water resources. In this event, District administration, District development department, District Agriculture department, District soil & Water Conservation Department, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, joined hands with PAHAL & NABARD to strengthen the nationwide water conservation campaign in this region.

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