Keeping in mind the frequent inquiries by farmers on seed sale at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),Director of Extension Education of PAU Dr M S Gill informed that the university has developed and released several improved varieties of rice for cultivation in Punjab state.
The farmers can purchase the seeds of paddy varieties from the PAU Farmers Service Centre (FSC) from Monday to Saturday between 9 am and 5 pm. The seeds of recommended paddy varieties including PR118,PR116,PR111,PR115 and PR113 will be available at the sales counter, said Dr Gill.
The arrangement for seed sale on all six days of the working week,which has been done for the first time as per Dr Gill,has been made keeping in view the convenience of farmers. He added that besides,the farmers can also seek technical guidance from PAU experts on different fields at the Plant Clinic at the Farmers Service Centre.
The farmers will be provided tips about seed treatment,sowing and production technology not only of paddy but of other crops also. Farmers can also get similar guidance from the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and Regional Research Stations (RRS) of PAU.
Farmers should sow PAU recommended paddy varieties that have been released after thorough research,evaluation and testing. The recommended varieties are not only high yielding but are also resistant to various types of disease, added Dr Gill.
The expert discouraged the farmers from going in for sowing of varieties which are not recommended by PAU. He said that the farmers should shun the varieties HKR 47,HKR 127 and Pusa 44,which are being promoted by private agencies,as these varieties do not possess resistance to the prevailing pathotypes of bacterial blight disease.