Amritsar, May 11
The Department of Agriculture has set a target to put 67,000 hectares of land under direct seeding of rice (DSR) in the district.
Following the government’s announcement for no-till paddy, the department had taken steps to implement the scheme in the fields to save water and reduce the cost of inputs for farmers.
Dr Paramjit Singh, Director of Agriculture, said special measures had been taken to educate farmers after the government issued the directive to start direct sowing of paddy from May 20, 2022. He said that about 5,000 hectares had been sown with this method in the last year in the district and this year the target has been increased to 67,000 hectares. To motivate farmers in this regard and provide technical information at the district level, three nodal officers, Dr. Kulwant Singh, (mobile number 9417062730), Dr. Ashwani Rambani, (mobile number 8872007524) and Dr. Amarjit Singh Bal , (mobile number 9815758967), have been appointed.
In this regard, employees of the Department of Agriculture have been assigned to tasks at the village and block level. After this verification, the state government would transfer the financial aid at the rate of Rs 1,500 per acre directly to the beneficiary farmer’s bank account.
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