Punjab & Region

Jalandhar farmers shift to direct sowing of paddy amid shortage of labour

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The Fact News Service

Bathinda 09 June

In this time of crisis, the farmers of Bathinda have shifted to direct sowing of paddy, and this time they have sown paddy in 10 times more area as compared to last year. The direct sowing of paddy is still going on till June 20 and after that, the direct sowing of basmati is also to take place.

The Chief Agriculture Officer Bahadur Singh said that this time in view of the shortage of labour the farmers of the district have adopted this technology which would save the groundwater as well as reduce the farming expenses of the farmers. He said that last year direct sowing of paddy was done in 2,200 hectares in the district whereas this time before this direct sowing of paddy has been done in 22,000 hectares. The department has also provided 854 machines to the farmers for this purpose.

The Chief Agriculture Officer said that the farmers of Kot Shamir and Ghumman Kalan villages of the district used to cultivate paddy with this technique but this year this technique has become popular among the farmers. Explaining the benefits of this technology, he said that it saves 30% of water which is very important. Apart from this, the farmers save Rs. 6,000, 7000 per acre due to a reduction in cost.

He appealed to the farmers to sow the varieties that ripen in less time with this technique. He said that in this technique it is important to prevent diarrhea at the right time. Therefore the department is continuously making the farmers aware through nook meetings. He asked the farmers to contact the farmer department for any information in this regard.

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