Agriculture machinery worth Rs. 2 crore provided to farmers at subsidized rates under Crop diversification system.
NewZNew (SAS Nagar) : To facilitate the farmers, 12 thousand quintal high quality wheat seed at subsidized rate of Rs. 700per quintal has been provided in SAS Nagar, so that the farmers could gain more profit with less efforts. Stating this, Deputy Commissioner Sh. Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu said that during this season 16 thousand 500 metric ton urea has also been supplied to the farmers.
Sh. Sidhu said that to be more financial stable farmers of Punjab should have to move beyond traditional farming system and shall adopt crop diversification system as well as its allied occupations. Sh. sidhu said that during last season under crop diversification program 916 quintal hi-brid seed at 50 percent subsidized cost was provided to the farmers and farmers were encouraged to harvest maize instead of rice. As such, in SAS Nagar district agricultural equipment & relevant machinery worth Rs. 2 crore at 50% subsidized rates were provided to more than 300 farmers.
Sh. Sidhu said that to generate awareness among farmers regarding farming & allied occupations, more than 100 camps at district level, block level & at village level were organised, wherein agriculture experts from Punjab Agriculture University Ludhiana, had imparted their knowledge about more productivity with less input, and also provided technical guidance about the use of pesticides, etc. to obtain a healthy crop. He said that to ensure the use of balanced manure as per the soil composition, 10 villages were chosen from where 2563 soil samples were collected for conducting tests free of cost and farmers were made aware about the importance of soil tests & judicial use of manures. He said that all official of agriculture department have been directed to generate awareness among farmers for the soil testing. He further said that agriculture department has procured 3 nos. deep sub-soilers, which could be made available for the use of farmers and awareness regarding this is being generated among farmers.