As paddy sowing season comes to an end in Punjab,the area covered by Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) technique has more than doubled as compared to last year. However,it still is less than two per cent of the total area under paddy cultivation in state.
Thanks to the special efforts of the states agriculture department to encourage DSR technique,the state sowed around 40,000 hectares area with this method against 20,000 hectares last year.
An additional 10,000 hectares is expected to be brought under Basmati cultivation this year.
In all,27 lakhs hectares (around 21.50 under paddy and remaining under Basmati) are dedicated to rice crop every year.
To promote this new technique of paddy sowing literature was provided to farmers and training camps organised in all blocks.
Though the district agriculture officers have been promoting it at their own level for the past few years,the state agriculture department started promoting it formally only last year.
Dr Gurvinder Singh,Agriculture Officer,Punjab Agriculture Department,Chandigarh,said the department has been promoting DSR and the results have started showing this year.