Paddy- wheat crop rotation is dominant in the Punjab state covering about 28.40 lakh hectares of cultivable land. This paddy–wheat rotation also assesses the potential of new technology i.e. happy seeder technology to address the problem. The straw management system should be necessary for all the combine harvesters. The total 28 field demonstrations on happy seeder technology were conducted in village Killi Nihal Singh of district Bathinda of Punjab state during the years 2013-14 & 2014-15.The results showed that by using this technology, the nutrients i.e Urea, DAP and Potash fertilizer were saved worth Rs. 424.15, Rs.366.25 and Rs.1989 respectively totaling the amount to Rs.2779.40 per hectare besides improving the physical properties over longer period of time. The highest incremental B: C ratio of happy seeder plots were 4.36 during the year 2013-14. Apart from saving the burning of the paddy straw, the happy seeder technology was able to save Rs.2311.25 per hectare over the normal sown wheat during the field preparation, sowing and management operations of the crop. In the context of burning of paddy straw, this happy seeder technology is a new initiative under taken by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bathinda for checking of environmental pollution which will be beneficial for the society as a whole because. Bathinda district lies in the south-western region of Punjab which is not much mechanized in agriculture as compared to other districts of the state.
Demonstrations, Happy seeder, Normal sowing, Paddy straw, Technology, Weedicides
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