32K hectares to come under direct sowing of paddy: DC

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 7

Around 32,000 hectares of land in the district would be placed under the direct paddy sowing, which is double the last year’s figure, said Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori on Saturday while visiting the direct paddy sowing demonstration plot in Nussi village.

The DC said, “This technique saves water up to 25 per cent while farmers need not to do puddling which also saves labour costs. This year’s target is to place 1.71 lakh hectare of land under paddy cultivation out of which a total of 32,000 hectares of land will be sown with direct seeded rice (DSR) technique.”

The DC interacted with the progressive farmers who have been doing direct paddy sowing for last few years. Farmer Baljeet Singh, Onkar Singh and Lakhwinder Singh told that the direct paddy sowing had yielded promising results as they were able to save Rs 5,000 per acre.

Pointing out further, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Surinder Singh apprised the DC that as many as 200 farmers had already procured direct seeded rice drill in the district.

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