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In Muktsar, area under paddy dips by 27%


In Muktsar, area under paddy dips by 27%

Archit Watts

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, July 12

The efforts of the state government to promote crop diversification have brought good results in Muktsar district. The area under the water-guzzling paddy crop has decreased sharply this year in comparison to the last year, whereas the area under cotton and basmati crops has witnessed an increase.

A study of the Agriculture Department revealed that last year the area under paddy crop was 1.07 lakh hectares in the district, which is this year reduced to 78,000 hectares. It means the area under paddy crop in the district has decreased by nearly 27 per cent.

Similarly, the area under direct sowing of rice (DSR) technique, too, has increased to 11,599 hectares.

Giving this information, Baljinder Singh Brar, Chief Agriculture Officer, Muktsar, said, “The area under cotton crop has increased from 52,000 hectares last year to 72,011 hectares. Similarly, the area under basmati crop is expected to increase from 51,000 hectares last year to 60,000 hectares this year. This is all because of the positive approach of the farmers and the schemes of the state government for the farmers.”

He said to further increase the area under cotton crop next year and increase the income of farmers, the Agriculture Department had formed 28 teams to keep a watch on every minute development of the growing crop. “We are also expected to reach the target of area decided to bring under maize crop,” he said.

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