The authorities in Punjab is devising schemes and techniques to encourage farmers to indulge in additional economically and environmentally viable agricultural practices.

Direct seeding of Rice (DSR Technique)

During the forthcoming Kharif season, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) authorities will make vital reforms to Punjab’s agricultural sector as a way to break the wheat-paddy cycle and make the agriculture business extra sustainable in the long term.

To fight the state’s drastically diminishing groundwater ranges, the federal government will reward farmers who partake within the direct seeding of rice (DSR) and promote the manufacturing of moong and three late-sown paddy cultivars. An in depth plan for environmentally pleasant agriculture has been devised and is now able to be applied.

Years later, successive administrations devised a crop diversification and environmentally sustainable plan, just for farmers to reject it as a result of not one of the schemes assured satisfactory remuneration.

According to Director (Agriculture) Gurwinder Singh, the federal government has developed a method to wean farmers away from monoculture and towards different crops with assured gross sales, 

The state administration was profitable in persuading farmers to domesticate moong final yr. During the Kharif season, moong was planted on round 50,000 acres. It produced 80-85 quintals per hectare and offered for Rs. 7,000 per quintal. Moong has already been planted on 50,000 acres this yr, with an extra 10,000 acres set to be planted by May 15. This yr, the federal government is encouraging farmers to plant late-sown paddy sorts in July.

The sorts 126, 128, and 130 use much less water than typical paddy cultivars that eat plenty of it. They’ll promote for a similar MSP as different paddy varieties that are not basmati. The promotion of maize farming is the third step. Maize sells for lower than its MSP annually.

As per officers of the Agricultural Department, the state meals procurement companies are anticipated to purchase maize. A senior official acknowledged that earlier, the federal government used to buy corn on the Army’s behalf, and now they’re planning on requesting the Centre for assist with comparable procurement preparations of corn. He additional acknowledged that if the deal falls by, the company will promote maize on the open market.

First printed on: 04 May 2022, 10:51 IST



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