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Panel: Opt for crop diversification, short-duration paddy


Panel: Opt for crop diversification, short-duration paddy

New Delhi, November 5

Promoting crop diversification and shifting to a short-duration paddy crop in Punjab can help check the problem of stubble burning and its impact on air pollution, National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA) CEO Ashok Dalwai said on Tuesday.

Paddy can be grown in other parts of the country, but not wheat requires winter, he said, adding that the state should educate farmers to shift to non-paddy crops by providing incentives.

The Delhi-NCR region has been witnessing severe air pollution since Diwali on October 27. “One solution is to grow short-duration paddy varieties. If we are able to harvest by September, farmers will get a longer window to undertake proper harvesting and prepare land for sowing wheat,” Dalwai said.

At present, the window for paddy harvesting is around 20-25 days, which put pressure on farmers to get rid of the crop residue and prepare land for sowing wheat. On top of it, they are facing abour shortage, he said.

“Since Punjab has low groundwater level and paddy being a water-guzzling crop, it is better we shift from paddy and to more water-efficient crops like oilseeds and maize. That would solve the problem.” He also said short-duration varieties of non-paddy crops should be encouraged as the concern for farmers in Punjab, Haryana and UP is to prepare the land for wheat. — PTI

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