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In this kharif season, the area under paddy has decreased in Punjab, what is the reason behind this

In this kharif season, the area under paddy has decreased in Punjab, what is the reason behind this

Aug 04, 2022 | 4:26 PM

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With the completion of paddy sowing in the kharif season, the total area of ​​paddy in Punjab declined by about two percent to 30.84 lakh hectares on an annual basis. Last year it was 31.41 lakh hectares. A senior official of the Punjab Agriculture Department said here, "The area under paddy cultivation was 30.84 lakh hectares in this session." The official said that the area of ​​basmati paddy is estimated to be around 4.60 lakh hectares in this session. The state has received less response to the effort of direct sowing (DSR) method of paddy. Could be planted. Despite all efforts by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann government, the area under DSR technology was much less than the target. Farmers have mainly blamed insufficient electricity for irrigation of fields for sowing paddy from DSR method in May. In fact, since last year, the government of Punjab is encouraging the direct sowing of paddy on a large scale to save water. Paddy cultivation requires a lot of water while rain water is not sufficient for paddy cultivation in Punjab. The ground water level in the state is falling rapidly due to excessive use of water in planting paddy.

Paddy seeds are planted in the field with the help of a machine under DSR technology, which sowing rice And sprays herbicide simultaneously. According to the traditional method, first paddy plants grow in farmers nursery and then these plants are uprooted and planted in a lower ground field.

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August 4th 2022, 11:01 am
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