Punjab

70 percent jump in maize area in Jalandhar

Punjab Tribune Bureau | September 12, 2019 04:59 PM

DC exhorts farmers for maize cultivation to save depleting water level

 JALANDHAR: With the concerted efforts of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare and district administration under crop diversification programme, the area under maize cultivation has recorded 70 percent increase this year.

During the previous season,  the maize cultivation areas were 5200 hectares in Jalandhar which has now crossed 8886 hectares this year.

Giving the information,  Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said that the groundwater level was depleting rapidly in the district. In this scenario, the teams of Agriculture Department worked day and night to motivate the farmers to sow maize crop that resulted in a 70 percent jump in the cultivation area under maize.

He said that maize crop takes 4 or 5 water rounds only whereas paddy needs from 30 to 35 water rounds.

Sharma told that the department organized 100 drip irrigation demonstrations on maize crops in the district which contributed widely in saving the groundwater up to 75 percent. 

He said that Rs 1.35 lakh was the cost of laying the demonstration on one-acre and the farmers contributed only Rs 10,000 and the rest amount was borne by the state government. 

The deputy commissioner added that the Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is committed to promoting crop diversification programme for increasing the income of peasants and saving depleting groundwater.

Likewise, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Nazar Singh told that department had set up 120 cluster maize demonstrations on 10-hectare each on the lands of the farmers under the supervision of experts.

He said that an amount of Rs 5000 per hectare was spent under the program and maize seeds, zinc, herbicides, insecticides, labour etc were given for these maize cluster demonstrations.

Dr Singh also exhorted the other farmers to sow maize as it is short-term crop and helps to increase the groundwater level in the state.

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