Punjab’s Agriculture and Farmers Welfare division on Friday notified varied dates for sowing paddy in several districts of the state in view of the present energy disaster which has led to blackouts for hours in massive swathes of Punjab usually.
Paddy farmers require a minimum of 8-hours of energy provide each day for operating their tube wells for watering their crops.
A schedule for energy provide to numerous districts has been talked about accordingly.
Friday’s notification (a replica of which is with The Indian Express) drew on the powers conferred to the state by sub-section (1) and (2) of part 3 of The Punjab Preservation of Sub-soil Water Act, 2009 (Punjab Act No. 6 of 2009), to repair dates on which farmers may sow paddy.
As per the notification — which was issued by the Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare — most a part of Malwa area may have early dates of sowing as they may domesticate the longer length variants of paddy.
As per particulars, for direct Seeding of Rice (DSR) method, your entire state can transplant paddy from May 20. The transplantation will begin from June 18 this yr, as in comparison with June 10, which was the paddy transplantation date within the state for the previous couple of years.
Transplantation in Sangrur, Barnala, Malerkotla, Ludhiana, Patiala, Sri Fatehgarh Sahib districts will happen from June 18, whereas transplantation in Bathinda, Mansa, Moga, Faridkot, Ferozpur, Fazilka districts will begin from June 22. Transplantation in Mohali, Ropar, SBS Nagar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Sri Muktsar Sahib will start with June 24, and transplantation in Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran would occur from June 26 onwards.
Accordingly the schedule of electrical energy provide for paddy sowing below DSR method, farmers throughout the state will get 8 hours of energy provide each alternate day between May 20 to May 31.
Farmers who go for regular irrigation will get 3 hour energy provide from May 31 to June 17. Likewise, the districts which can transplant paddy on June 18 will get energy provide from the identical date and frequency of energy will probably be 8- hour for six/7 days until the crop matures. The districts which transplant paddy on June 22, June 24 and June 26 may also get eight hours of provide on 6-7 days from their respective transplantation dates, until the crop matures.
Director of Punjab’s Agriculture division, Dr Gurvinder Singh, advised The Indian Express that farmers often begin DSR sowing within the month of May solely. “The dates have been set so that we can save both water and power while meeting the needs of the paddy crop. the aim is to conserve our groundwater by setting the transplantation date close to the rainy season,” Dr Singh mentioned.
Sources mentioned that the federal government held a number of assembly with varied famer organisations earlier than detrmining the dates for each paddy sowing and transplantations.
Experts from Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) have already really useful that paddy be transplanted after June 25 this yr, as monsoon arrives within the state by June finish and sowing of paddy then may also help save floor water.
PAU has already launched a number of quick kinds of paddy, together with PR 126, which matures in 120 days.
Farmers historically have been against the concept of late transplantation of their paddy crops as they declare that it doesn’t give them sufficient time to handle the stubble.