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December 4, 2023 9:22 am

Surface seeders on subsidy to prevent stubble burning; farmers can apply by Sept 10

The Fact News Service
Sri Muktsar Sahib, September 5

In a move to exhort farmers to not to put matchstick to crop residue, and instead, use mechanisms to manage paddy stubble, Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann-led Punjab Government is providing Surface Seeders— an in-situ paddy stubble management device— to the farmers on subsidy.

Revealing this here today, Punjab Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Gurmeet Singh Khudian said that the department has invited applications from farmers for availing subsidy on the Surface Seeders.

Appealing the farmers to take maximum advantage of the scheme, Gurmeet Singh Khudian said that the farmers of the state can apply online by logging in at the department’s portal by September 10, 2023, till 5 PM to avail of the benefit of this scheme.

The Agriculture department is offering Rs 40,000 subsidy to individual farmers, while, Customer Hiring Centres can avail subsidy of Rs 64,000 on the purchase of a Surface Seeder.

Apart from this, the Agriculture Minister said that the Punjab Government is also providing subsidies on the purchase of other Crop residue management (CRM) machinery to bring the crop residue burning cases to zero in the state to save the environment.

The Agriculture Minister said that the farmers can dial the toll-free number 1800-180-1551 or visit the Agriculture Office in their respective districts for more information in this regard.

Terming this step as cost-effective for farmers, Gurmeet Singh Khudian said that farmers can increase their income by adopting mechanisation, besides, saving the environment.

He also directed the department officials to ensure complete transparency in the whole process.

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