Manmeet Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 12
To implement a ban on transplantation of paddy in the agricultural fields by farmers before June 15, the Agriculture Department here has destroyed the crop transplanted near Verka.
The officials of the department said that a farmer Harjit Singh had transplanted paddy in his fields by ignoring the government guidelines. District Chief Agricultural Officer Dalbir Singh said, “Most farmers are already worried because of the depleting water table and they would transplant paddy after June 15. In this case too, we were informed by a farmer himself.”
He said the department can disconnect power connection to the tubewell of the farmer concerned. He said there are provisions for imposing a monetary fine as well.
Dalbir Singh said as per the estimates, an area of 1.80 lakh hectares would come under paddy varieties during the season. Of the total, nearly 80,000 hectares is expected to come under basmati varieties. The agriculture department officials stated that farmers should start basmati transplantation only after July 5.
“The early transplanted crop in the fields is prone to diseases and farmers would only end up increasing their cost of inputs besides consuming more water,” said Dalbir Singh. He said field officials have been alerted and asked to keep an eye in their areas. The officials stated that all fields transplanted before June 15 would be harrowed.
However, a visit to the villages revealed that many farmers have waterlogged their fields so as to create a puddle to prepare it for transplantation. The residents stated that the farmers were sensing the mood of the department and now that action has been taken, it would prove to be a deterrent.
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