The Punjab Cabinet has authorised a Rs 1,500 per acre incentive for farmers who grow paddy using the direct seeding of rice technology. A total of Rs 450 crore has been set aside to provide incentives to farmers who promote the DSR (Direct Seeding of Rice) technique, which uses less water and is more cost-effective. The incentive scheme was approved by the Cabinet in a meeting headed by chief minister Bhagwant Mann.
- The incentive was offered by Bhagwant Mann to combat the state’s diminishing ground water table.
- Paddy seeds are drilled into the field using the DSR process, which uses a machine that accomplishes both rice seeding and pesticide spraying at the same time.
- Farmers nurture immature paddy plants in nurseries before uprooting and transplanting them onto a puddled field, according to the customary practise.
- The incentive will encourage farmers to use this established approach, which uses significantly less water for irrigation, enhances percolation, decreases farm labour dependency, and improves soil health, increasing paddy and wheat yields by 5-10%.
- The Cabinet also resolved to provide farmers Rs 1,500 per acre in financial support via Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), for which the Punjab Mandi Board’s Anaj Kharid portal has already generated a database of roughly 11 lakh farmers with their Aadhaar numbers, mobile numbers, and bank account numbers.
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- Chief Minister of Punjab: Sh. Bhagwant Mann