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Dist-specific target for crop diversification

Nitish Sharma

Press Reporter News Service

Ambala, June 4

To wean farmers off the paddy cultivation and promote crop diversification, the Division of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has mounted district-specific targets for diverse crops below the “Mera Pani Meri Virasat” scheme.

The division plans to cowl 2 lakh acres with crops similar to cotton, maize, arhar, moong, greens and oilseeds for this kharif season.

It has added new crops similar to moth, urd, soyabean, guar, til, groundnut, castor, kharif onion, and kharif fodder crops. This 12 months, the state authorities has dropped bajra from the listing.

The goal is to sow maize in 11,991 acres, cotton in 1,10,850 acres, pulses in 1,260 acres, oil seeds in 2,000 acres, fodder in 43,900 acres, and greens in 30,000 acres throughout the state. The goal of every crop is totally different for each district due to totally different agro-climatic situations.

Farmers will likely be given an incentive of Rs 7,000 per acre in the event that they go for crop diversification.

Solely these farmers, who had cultivated paddy final 12 months and wish to go for different crops, and those that wish to proceed with crop diversification for the second 12 months on the trot will likely be eligible for the monetary support, which will likely be given in two instalments.

The motivation may also be given to these farmers, who had cultivated paddy final 12 months and can hold their fields fallow this season.

Girish Nagpal, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Ambala, stated: “The groundwater has been depleting at an alarming fee. So it turns into necessary to shift from conventional crops similar to paddy and wheat to maize, pulses and oilseeds.”

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