After the official launch of paddy procurement operations in the state, Mann also encouraged farmers to stop the practice of burning the crop bird.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann announced that the state government will ban cultivation of the water-intensive PUSA-44 variety of paddy crop from next Kharif season.
He made this statement while launching paddy procurement operations and encouraged farmers to avoid burning crop residues.
Mann stressed the importance of a smooth and hassle-free procurement process for the current kharif marketing season starting October 1 and promised farmers to procure all their grains.
He urged farmers to stop cultivating PUSA 44 paddy as it takes longer to mature and produces more crop residues than other varieties.
PUSA 44 type will be banned in Punjab from next season. This variety also uses more water for irrigation than others. The government plans to introduce new varieties of paddy for farming.
The Chief Minister also stressed the need to stop stubble burning and said that machinery for managing crop residues is being provided to farmers. The government has mandated that brick kilns use straw as fuel, and some companies are collecting kilns from farmers.
Mann mentioned that the government has resolved the issue of DAP (diamonium phosphate) supply with the wheat cultivation centre, and they have received 3 lakh metric tonnes of DAP. He assured that timely payments will be made to the farmers.
Regarding the cash credit limit, Punjab had requested Rs 42,000 crore from the Center for paddy procurement and has received Rs 37,000 crore so far.
The state has set up 1,854 procurement centers and made storage arrangements for the Kharif season. The government aims to procure 173 lakh metric tonnes of paddy out of the target of 182.10 lakh metric tonnes for the kharif season.
This time it was advised to plant Pusa-44, so we will raise the power in the market… But in the season of identification, we will ban Atm Pusa-44 from Punjab… Farmers will be asked to plant PR-126 paddy. Granted, it takes only 92 days to ripen… so the water of the collection is also saved… pic.twitter.com/bhldZpKPcz
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) October 3, 2023
First Published: 04 Oct 2023, 11:22 IST
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