38% area already sown, all agro inputs for sowing made available
ith wheat already sown in 33 Lac acres, Punjab is all set to meet its target of completing the sowing of Rabi crop in all the 87 Lac acres out of total 104 lac acres cultivated land across the state.
Disclosing this, Secretary Agriculture K S Pannu stated that Government of Punjab had ensured all the arrangements for sowing of wheat including assured supply of power for irrigation, regular canal water supply and making 4.50 lac tonns of DAP fertilizer available to farmers. 2.84 Lac Quinntals of certified wheat seed was also being given to small and marginal farmers at a subsidy of Rs 1000 per Quintal.
The sowing of wheat starts from the last week of October and continues till end of November, he said adding that 33 Lac Acres which has been already sown is equal to the area sown last year under wheat crop till this day.
Reaffirming the government commitment to persuade farmers towards balanced use of fertilizers, Pannu shared that a dedicated campaign had also been launched for educating the farmers about the benefits of optimum use of fertilizer under which farmers are being asked not to use more than one bag of DAP in an acre for wheat sowing. For the first time about 13000 direct wheat seeding machines have been deployed to sow wheat without burning the paddy straw and the farmers have been using these machines very enthusiastically, Pannu further added.