To ensure that the benefits of agricultural subsidy being given by the government reaches the genuine farmers, the Punjab government has decided that henceforth a farmer will have to attach his photograph along with his identity proof with the signed proforma or application form for seeking certified seeds or any other commodity being made available by the government at subsidised rates.
This rule will come into force in the coming rabi season for purchasing certified wheat seed from the district agriculture cells.
The government has decided to do away with the previous practice of selling subsidised seeds to farmers whose application forms used to be signed by the sarpanches or nambardars of villages. This system was full of loopholes as sarpanches or nambardars often gave their approval without verifying details about whether the applicant was a genuine farmer or not or whether he belonged to his village or not.
"Now we will only give certified seeds at subsidised rates to those farmers who give proof of their identity, like their Adhaar Card. This system will ensure that the subsidy reaches only the genuine farmers ", said Amritsar district dhief agriculture officer (CAO) Paramjit Singh Sandhu while talking to HT here on Wednesday.
Under the scheme for the wheat season, five acres is the upper limit fixed for availing the subsidy. So even if a farmer is planning to sow wheat in 10 acres of land, he will be given the seed at subsidised rates for up to 5-acres.
"This limit will ensure that the maximum possible farmers get this benefit", added the CAO.
PREPARATIONS FOR WHEAT SOWING
Meanwhile, the district agriculture department is reaching out to the farmers so as to sensitise them about the agricultural practices to be adopted for the sowing of wheat which begins next month. In this context, the department has already held a district-level training camp and now it will start holding such camps at the block-level. This will commence from October 17 and continue till November 5.
During these camps, stress will be laid on timely sowing, seed treatment and judicious use of fertilisers, that is as per recommendations or in accordance with the soil health.
Demand for 6-hour power to tubewells
The demand for restoring the six-hour power supply to tubewells was heard in the district agriculture production meeting which was chaired by additional deputy commissioner (ADC-general) Bhupinder Singh.
Satnam Singh, a prominent farmer of Chogawan block, while speaking at the meeting, said that six-hour supply must be restored as the basmati crop was still standing in the fields. He pointed out that this demand is highlighted every year but the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) does not seem to bother.
The ADC assured the farmers that the matter had been taken up with the state government. The PSPCL had cut power supply to tubewells from six to four hours at the start of this month.