‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ celebrated fruitfully with ‘Farmers’ by sensitizing about cleanliness
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 09-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 9: With an aim to spread awareness about ‘Swachchta Abhiyaan’ and its implementation across the country; also to focus on the role of the farmers in taking a leadership role for sanitation initiatives, the celebration of government’s campaign ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’, has completed successfully.

‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ was observed from 16th to 31st May, 2017; where Swachchta drive and awareness programme regarding cleanliness was carried out in Agricultural Mandis, Fish Markets and villages near Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs).

‘Swachchta Pakhwada’ was observed with an effort to reach amongst the farmers to sensitize them for cleanliness. Under the Swachch Bharat Mission, a Waste Decomposer technique has been developed by National Centre for Organic Farming (NCOF) to keep villages clean and for saving farmers income by which animal dung and village bio-waste can be converted into good quality organic manure with very low cost. During the Pakhwada, demonstration of this technique was organized by NCOF in 142 villages/ Agricultural Mandis.

A Swachchta Edition of “Deewar” magazine was published by Directorate of Extension comprising Swachchta articles, columns, slogans, poems etc. During the Pakhwada cleanliness sensitization drives were also undertaken in nearby villages/area by Centers of Soil & Land Use Survey of India (SLUSI), CCS National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), MANAGE (subordinate/ autonomous offices under DAC&FW), and the participation of local public representatives/ Ministers in the Swachhta Campaigns was also ensured.

Apart from regular cleaning activities, the awareness campaign in Government Senior Secondary School, Mirzapur and Mirzapur village of Hisar was organized by Regional Fodder Station, Hisar. Similarly, Special cleanliness drive was carried out at Hospital premises of Sisana, Pillukhera by Staff of Central Herd Registration Scheme, Rohtak. The Breed improvement institutes under this Department have undertaken activities like awareness session for staff/ workers engaged in various activities of farm, official, agricultural & livestock management. Apart from this, the officers of subordinate institutions of Livestock Health Division educated their subordinate staff about biological disposal system and clean energy use. 

Under the Swachhta Action Plan (SAP) for 2017-18 of the Department, Rs. 5.32 Crores has been allocated for taking up of substantive Swachhta related activities i.e. establishment of Vermicompost units, setting up of Biogas Plants, Conducting stale level workshops on waste recycling, setting up of slurry/ wash water tanks etc. As part of these activities, clean farming technologies and the package of practices as well as 130 nos. technologies to convert agricultural waste to wealth were also promoted, which include; preparation of bio-compost, vermicomposting, whey utilization, straw enrichment, wastewater recycling, cotton waste and fisheries waste management among others were promoted through the various field and farm activities were undertaken during the Pakhwada. 

During the Swachhta Pakhwada, the Department of Agricultural Research & Education/ ICAR Head Quarters in New Delhi, all the 102 Research Institutes and 671 KVKs took the active part in the Pakhwada activities and conducted a wide range of cleanliness activities. Workshops, seminars, awareness camps, rallies, street plays and debates (i.e. "स्वच्छ भारत- क्या स्वस्थ भारत?", “स्वच्छता का महत्व”) were organized by ICAR Institutes. Awareness and sensitization programs were also organized in the adopted villages through ICAR Institutes and 671 KVKs. Swachchta based activities were undertaken in more than over 5200 villages by various ICAR Institutes and KVKs with the active participation of farmers and village youth.