Ahead of the wheat sowing season, the Punjab government has started promoting certain wheat varieties at the various kisan melas being organised across the state. The Punjab Agriculture department has also prepared over 17 lakh quintals certified seeds of these varieties to provide it to farmers at subsidised rates.
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This season, the department has been promoting HD 3086, PWD 725, PWD 677, Wh 1105 while the HD 2967 variety, is already in huge demand in the state for the past three to four years. Quite popular in Haryana, the HD 2967 variety was introduced on a trial basis in Punjab and has covered over 75 per cent area out of the total 35 lakh hectares till the last season. However, the department now wants to replace it with another variety HD 3086, which also comes from Haryana.
The new variety was in huge demand last year but its seeds were not adequately available due to less multiplication. “This year, we are expecting to cover several lakh hectares by sowing the HD 3086,” said Director, Punjab state Agriculture department JS Bains, adding replacement of the varieties after certain period of time is must as they become prone to diseases.
“We would give Rs 1,000 subsidy per quintal of seeds and would want small farmers to avail this facility the most as the rate of these seeds has been kept at Rs 2,800 per quintal,” said the director.
Punjab Mandi Board (PMB) Chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said farmers are facing difficult time due to torrent weather conditions at the time of harvesting of wheat for the past couple of years and in such conditions certified seeds must be provided to them at subsidised rates.