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Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday shot off a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar asking him to allot more mega food parks in the state to provide impetus to agro-processing sector and benefit the farmers.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday shot off a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar asking him to allot more mega food parks in the state to provide impetus to agro-processing sector and benefit the farmers.

The mega food parks,a flagship programme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries,aims at boosting growth of food processing industry through facilitating establishment of food processing infrastructure backed by supply chain.

In a letter to Pawar,Badal has stated that Punjab has been allotted only one such food park,being set up by International Mega Food Park Limited,at Dabwala Kalan village in Ferozepur district. Seeking his personal intervention to direct the ministry to grant more such parks,Badal said it would not only propel agro industries in the state but also benefit farmers.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday shot off a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar asking him to allot more mega food parks in the state to provide impetus to agro-processing sector and benefit the farmers.

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He added that the state government,in consultation with stakeholders representing the food processing industry,has already prepared a blueprint inviting suggestions to be incorporated in the ministry’s upcoming schemes to boost investment in the sector.

“These suggestions,if implemented,would go a long way in attracting investors to invest in Mega Food Park projects. He requested Pawar to direct MoFPI to take note of these suggestions and incorporate them in their scheme,” the letter stated.

Experts advise farmers to delay wheat harvesting

Ludhiana: Experts at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have advised farmers to delay harvesting of wheat crop. The experts said owing to rain and lack of sunny days,moisture content in wheat was high. The picture is not all that dismal as despite the inclement weather,state mandis have received 48-lakh tonnes of wheat as compared to 47.2 lakh tonnes last year at the same time.

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M S Gill,Director (extension),PAU,said,“I have apprised farmers across the country about the quality of wheat. Since wheat is a hardy crop,and rain does not damage standing crop,only crop lying in mandis can get damaged.”

“Last year,the average yield that we received was around 4.7 lakh tonnes per hectare,and we broke a 20-year-old record by achieving the average. Punjab topped grain production,last year,” Gill said.

Kulwinder Kaur Gill,Senior Agrometrologist at PAU,said,“As per the IMD report,cloud imagery showed convective clouds over parts of Jammu & Kashmir,and low or medium clouds over Punjab. The western disturbances over Jammu & Kashmir has moved eastwards,causing thundershowers over the region. It will affect the north-west region,including Punjab in the next two to three days and duststorms could occur in Punjab,Haryana,Delhi,Rajasthan and west Uttar Pradesh.”

Rain,strong winds may damage wheat

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JALANDHAR: Heavy rain showers accompanied by strong winds for the past two days in Doaba region and other parts of Punjab has made farmer,who were worried about the late ripening of wheat due to the extended cool weather,restless. Various parts of Jalandhar witnessed heavy rainfall and strong winds in the past two days. In Jalandhar,around 70% wheat has not been harvested due to late ripening.

“Ripening of crop was delayed due to extended period of cool weather,and rain will pose more danger to the crop,” said farmer Harnam Singh of Khambra village,who has been praying to the rain god to have mercy.

Another farmer,Manjit Singh of Nakodar said,“Usually by this time of the year,over 70% crop is harvested,but this year,only 30% crop has been harvested.

Agriculture Development Officer and Deputy Director Agriculture Technology Development Agency Naresh Gulati when contacted said there were reports of rain in rural areas of the district.

Paddy seeding may be advanced by 10 days

JALANDHAR: With the implementation of the Punjab Preservation of Sub Soil Water Act-2009,under which farmers cannot sow paddy before June 10 and go ahead with paddy seeding before May 10,the agriculture department may now direct farmers to go for paddy seeding from May 1 — 10 days in advance.

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The department is set to take up the issue with the state government as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had already directed the deputy commissioners to check that there is no sowing of paddy seedling before May 10 and its transplantation before June 10 in view of the provisions of the Act. This was mainly to ensure judicious use of ground water.

According to sources,farmers want the department to allow the paddy seeding before May 10,as it takes around 40 days to grow good paddy saplings. “According to the Act,transplantation of paddy can be started from June 10,which is ideal for the purpose. But if farmers go for seeding on May 10,then transplantation cannot be started before June 20,which will be too late,” said a senior agriculture official.

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Director (Agriculture) Dr Mangal Singh Sandhu said: “I cannot comment about the advance seeding of paddy till the time any notification comes pertaining to this effect. The notification is awaited any time soon.”

First published on: 27-04-2012 at 12:32:48 am
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