Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday announced that the government would launch a joint project with Nuziveedu Seeds, Hyderabad, to promote direct seeding of paddy in all blocks of the state next year.
Sukhbir discussed the issue in depth with the management of Nuziveedu Seeds, including its chairman Prabhakar Rao, and decided to initiate a programme in league with the company on five acres of land in all blocks of the state next year.
“Once this technique is successfully demonstrated in the field, we can initiate the process of popularising it among the farmers,” Sukhbir said.
Earlier, Rao presented a comparative study of direct sowing method of paddy vis-a-vis the traditional transplantation method. He said that with the right seed and agronomy practices the yields could be similar in both methods.
Following the presentation, Sukhbir said the direct sowing method could be a “game changer” for Punjab and committed that the government would provide all possible help to the company and farmers to make it successful.
He said the method of paddy sowing could help reduce the requirement of water and arrest the fall in the state’s water table. He said that consequently the power requirement of the state during the paddy season would also reduce.