DC urges officials to encourage farmers on diversification
Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal on Wednesday directed officials of agriculture and other departments to encourage farmers to opt for diversification to ensure maximum gains for them.punjab Updated: Apr 17, 2013 20:25 IST
Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal on Wednesday directed officials of agriculture and other departments to encourage farmers to opt for diversification to ensure maximum gains for them.
In a meeting held with officials of agriculture, horticulture and Punjab state power corporation limited (PSPCL), Aggarwal urged the officials to coordinate with each other and identify the areas under cultivation to fulfill the electricity requirements of the farmers.
"The officials of the agriculture department have been asked to urge farmers to cultivate vegetables and market the produce themselves so as to earn maximum profits out of the venture, while the officials of the horticulture department have been asked to provide fruit trees to farmers to help them earn profits through horticulture," said Aggarwal.
Dilbagh Singh Dhanju, chief agriculture officer, said that 1.88 lakh hectares had been brought under wheat cultivation. "As compared to 49.48 quintals per hectares last year, we expect over 50 quintals of wheat per hectare this year," he said.
Dhanju said that this year 1.83 lakh hectares had been brought under paddy cultivation, and 2,000 hectares under maize and sugarcane. "Soil heath cards have been issued to farmers so that they can reap maximum benefits from their agrarian efforts," he said.