The Punjab government has urged farmers to cultivate maize as an alternative crop to the water-guzzling paddy. For this, the government will provide subsidy on maize seed, which will be available at Rs 84 per kg.
An agriculture department spokesperson said this would help farmers come out of the vicious circle of debt. He said varieties of maize seed giving higher yield were being promoted by the government.
The spokesperson said the farmers could get maize seed by contacting district chief agriculture officer, block agriculture officer or agriculture development officer. He said the subsidy for maize seed, pesticides and insecticides would be directly credited to the farmer’s back account under the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme. He said the farmers have been advised to sow maize on the field beds to get higher yield.