With the onset of the rabi sowing season, the Punjab government, on Sunday, started a process to distribute wheat seeds to farmers. Agriculture minister of Punjab, Tota Singh, announced that 5.35 lakh quintal seeds would be distributed to farmers in the state through the National Seed Corporation, Punseed, Punjab Agriculture University, Indian Farmers Fertilizers Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (Kribhco), Punjab Agro and other allied agencies.
He said the Punjab government was committed to providing seeds of progressive varieties of Wheat HD 2967, PVW 550 and PVW 621 at the rate of `700 per quintal. To increase production and aid farmers, the government was committed to providing basic infrastructure facilities.
He said `12,000 crore short-term crop loans would also be provided to farmers through primary cooperative agriculture societies and arrangements would be made for the supply of 6.5 lakh tonne urea and nearly 2.7 lakh tonne of DAP fertilizers.
The minister further said a maximum of two quintal seeds would be provided to each farmer and the distribution of seeds was being done in a transparent manner after obtaining applications for requirement.
He also said the provision was made under the National Food Security Mission and the Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Yojana.
In case there is more demand, the government will also increase supply. He also said he was personally supervising the entire programme of distribution.
The minister also asked farmers to take a bill at the time of purchase and contact the department in case of any problems.