Kapurthala, June 11, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
Known for the production of vegetables across the state, the Sub-Division of Sultanpur Lodhi has again shows the way to the farming community with nearly 50% of direct paddy sowing during the current season.
Under the technical guidance of agriculture and farmers welfare department, the upbeat farmers from this area have changed the whole scenario of traditional method of paddy transplantation as they brought nearly 16000 hectare area out of total 34000 hectare paddy area, under direct paddy sowing.
Agricultural Development Officer at Sultanpur Lodhi, Dr. Jaspal Singh Dhanju said that the farmers of this belt are very keen to adopt new techniques and seeds , resulting in the production of many cash crops like Potato, Tomato, Maize, Bell Pepper etc. This year they went for direct sown of paddy and that too with a little modification in zero till drill, which were mainly used for wheat sowing, he added.
Terming it as a giant step to control the cultivation expenses as well as to save the ground water, Dr. Jaspal Singh said that the biggest challenge was to provide a sense of security and belief in the success of direct paddy sowing and for that the Department has established direct contact with all the progressive farmers in the area besides ensuring the physical presence of department official in the fields at the time of sowing.
Baldev Singh from Village Talwandi chaudriyan said that he has started the direct sowing 7 years ago and this time he has opted direct sowing in 450 acres. Working on the successful trials of direct paddy sowing, farmer Harman Singh from Vill. Nurowal said that he has used this technique in his entire land holding.
On the other hand the owners of paddy sowing machines Ajaypal Singh and Yuvraj Singh from Vill. Sarai Jattan, terms it a great success story as they sown more than 650 acres on rent basis.
Dr. Jaspal singh further said that after the sowing of paddy , the farmers must remain vigilant to control the weed in field.