Basmati rice could be of gain to farmers
Basmati rice could prove to be some gain to farmers in the Gurdaspur district as the crop was sown in time. The fact that there were only mild storms this year could also help in the farmer in getting good returns from the crop.punjab Updated: Sep 13, 2012 20:26 IST
Basmati rice could prove to be some gain to farmers in the Gurdaspur district as the crop was sown in time. The fact that there were only mild storms this year could also help in the farmer in getting good returns from the crop.
This year, the crop has been sown in 68,000 hectares almost the same are as last year at 70,000 hectares. Even the district agriculture office is not perturbed about the drop in the area, but hopes that Basmati prices remain remunerative and is beneficial to the farmers.
The district is known for its high-quality Basmati and major marketing companies are known to have created a brand out of the crop.
The produce is also exported, making it an even bigger draw and encourages farmers to sow the crop despite risks involved like diseases etc.
The Ratan Tata Trust has been active in the area and is fighting the foot rot disease in collaboration with the district agriculture department.
Gurdaspur chief agriculture officer Ravi Kumar said that there was a decrease in land area as the state wanted to diversify the crop pattern.
He added that the crop could benefit farmers as basmati rice was marketed internationally.
Anudeep, a farmer from Dinanagar, said that if the government helped in insuring their Basmati crop, it would be a huge incentive for farmers.
First Published: Sep 13, 2012 20:01 IST