Chandigarh:In an effort to end the practice of burning paddy and wheat stubble in Punjab, Union Agriculture Ministry has selected Patiala as a model district to begin with a project in this context. The Ministry has decided to organise awareness camps for farmers and train them in
using latest equipment developed by the experts to get rid of the problem of leftover of crops.
Dr Narinder Kumar, Director, Wheat, Union Ministry of Agriculture, claimed that the project will be replicated in the rest of state districts, if it yields favourable results. Dr Kumar, who is leading a team of agriculture scientists in Punjab, is visiting different districts to access the wheat crops. Dr Kumar said that besides motivation, farmers will be provided tips to do smart farming and end paddy and wheat stubble burning completely.
The department has developed an improved version for cutting stubble at the level of earth surface. Accompanied by senior agriculture scientist Jayaesh Singh, Department of Plant Breeding, PAU, Dr Jasbir Singh Bains, Joint Director, Punjab
Agriculture Department, and Dr Hartaran Pal Singh, Dr Kumar visited Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ropar and many other areas to take stock of the standing wheat crop.
The experts presumed a bumper wheat crop in Punjab this time which may break the record of wheat yield (180 LMT) in 2011-12. Punjab has 35 lakh hectares of land under wheat cultivation this time. The Union Agriculture Ministry is making efforts to promote maize cultivation in the Punjab. “Presently 1.15 lakh hectare is under maize crop in Punjab and that would be increased to 1.60 lakh hectare by next year, he said.