Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 23
The Agriculture Department has advised farmers to go for dwarf varieties of paddy during the current season, reasoning that it would help in better straw management after harvesting.
The department has advised farmers to cultivate paddy varieties as PR 121, PR 124 and PR 126. Chief Agricultural Officer Dr Dalbir Singh Chinna said, “While the wheat straw is used to a great extent as husk for milch animals, the paddy straw, barring that of basmati, is a waste. Farmers usually resort to burning the same to get rid of it.”
DC Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said the government had already decided to provide implements, such as paddy straw chopper, slider, mulcher, reversible MB, happy seeder and zero till drill baler machines, at subsidised costs. Farmers can apply for subsidised farm implements till May 25.
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