Agriculture department to ensure markets for pulses cultivators
To ensure the marketing of pulses produced in the district, the administration has asked the Krishi Vikas Kendra to plan a pilot project. Deputy commissioner Alaknanda Dayal has asked chief agriculture officer Dr Manohar Singh to support this project financially under the Agriculture Technology Management Agency.punjab Updated: Dec 20, 2012 20:05 IST
To ensure the marketing of pulses produced in the district, the administration has asked the Krishi Vikas Kendra to plan a pilot project. Deputy commissioner Alaknanda Dayal has asked chief agriculture officer Dr Manohar Singh to support this project financially under the Agriculture Technology Management Agency.
More than 550 hectares in the district is under pulses cultivation this year, decrease over the last year. Over the years, cultivators have found it tough to find buyers due to tough competition and rising overhead expenses.
"There has been a decrease in the area under cultivation as farmers have struggled to find a market. We are working to resolve the issue," said CAO Dr. Manohar Singh.
"We have received a grant of Rs 17.55 lakh for promotion of pulses cultivation under the National Food Security Mission in the district. From the grant, we will provide 25 Rotavators, 2 Laser Land Levellers, 15 Zero till Drills, 5 Ridge Fro-Planters, 5 Multi-drip planters, 10 seed drills and 5 Zero till Multi-Crop drill machineries on subsidy to the farmers," he added. He added that the department had invited applications from interested farmers and the beneficiaries would be selected through an open draw.
"We are also reaching to the pockets, where pulses cultivation can ensure high yields to ensure better prospects for farmers. Besides, we are also focusing on the increase in the use of organic farming among farmers and creating seed villages to make available quality seeds for the farmers economically and at local sites," he added.
A unique issue with pulses is that these are having differing water and temperature needs which also conflict with other crops (especially wheat and paddy) in the area. If it rains heavily and temperature is cool, chances of wheat brighten, but pulses are ruined. If it does not rain, both of them suffer. Pulses also do not have uniform maturity, at least with the seed being currently supplied, experts said.