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Agriculture Dept inspects direct sowing machines of paddy due to changes in Zero Till Drill

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The Fact News Service

Sri Muktsar Sahib, 20 May

During the Covid-19 epidemic, there is likely to be a shortage of labor in planting paddy crops. On the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner, the Agriculture Department is encouraging the farmers to sow paddy directly. Due to lack of DSR machines, the farmers already have Zero Till Drilling machines used for sowing wheat and due to some technical changes in these machines so these machines can be used for direct sowing of paddy as well.

One such experiment was conducted at Ji Mann Farm Industries, village Abul Khurana. Golu Mann, the owner of the firm, told Abhijit Singh Dhaliwal, Engineer, Department of Agriculture, that he has reduced the movement of the machine in the box by reducing the shaft movement by putting a large grating on the drive wheel of Zero Till Drill. By doing this, only 8 to 10 kg of paddy seed is sown per acre and the seed does not fall in clusters nor does the grain break and the quantity of seed remains only 15-20 seeds per meter. Changing the machine in this way costs between Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 5,000. This machine can also be used to sow other crops. Meanwhile, the Chief Agriculture Officer of the district Dr. Jalore Singh said that direct sowing of paddy is more beneficial for medium and heavy soils.

However, sowing with this technique in sandy soils should be avoided. He also said that sowing should be done in the evening. Seeds should be soaked in water for 8 hours before sowing and then dried in the shade. Seeds should be treated with 20 gms of Bviston and 1 gm of streptomycin at the time of soaking. Apart from Gurjit Singh ADO Lambi, Satwinder Singh Agricultural Technician, Sarpanch of the village Surjit Singh and other farmers were also present on the occasion.

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