Agriculture dept launches campaign against cultivation of summer paddy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, KARNAL
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 21:12 IST

To save water and improve the ground water level, the agriculture department on Monday launched a campaign and destroyed summer paddy or saathi variety, also known as water guzzling variety, on four acres of land at Indri block in the district.

According to the Haryana Preservation of Sub Soil Water Act, the sowing of paddy before the date prescribed officially by the state agriculture department was banned.

There is a provision to initiate a legal action against the violator and imposing a fine of `10,000 per hectare for three consecutive months.

According to the deputy director, agriculture, Pawan Sharma, a farmer at Sayyed Chhapra village was found cultivating paddy.

"This year, paddy sowing is allowed from June 15 and it was widely publicised. After being sensitised, the farmer agreed to discontinue to cultivate paddy and the crop was destroyed by spraying chemicals," said Sharma while adding that the massive drive was underway to implement the order against saathi.

The water requirement of saathi (transplanted in the fields in April and harvested by June-end) is very high. There is hardly any rain during this period, and evapo-transpiration rates are high.

Thus, underground water is exploited, depleting both the water table and soil nutrients.

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