DSR Method: Punjab targets 12 lakh hectares of paddy space with DSR approach

Punjab’s agriculture division has set a goal to convey 12 lakh hectares of paddy space below the direct seeding of rice (DSR) approach, which might be virtually double of the world lined final yr. In line with an official spokesperson, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, who additionally holds the portfolio of agriculture, directed the division to make concerted efforts to convey round 12 lakh hectares below this method.

The DSR wants far much less water for irrigation, improves percolation, reduces dependence on farm labour and improves soil well being, thus enhancing yield of each paddy and wheat by 5-10 per cent.

Underneath the DSR approach, paddy seeds are drilled into the sector with the assistance of a machine that does seeding of rice and spray of herbicide concurrently. Whereas within the conventional methodology, younger paddy crops are raised by farmers in nurseries first after which these crops are uprooted and transplanted in a puddled area.

To encourage farmers to sow paddy by means of the DSR, the state authorities already determined a Rs 1,500 per acre incentive to farmers for the sowing of paddy by means of this method.

A sum of Rs 450 crore has been earmarked to supply incentive to farmers for promotion of much less water-consuming and cost-effective DSR expertise.

With experiences suggesting that rats had been damaging direct sown paddy in some areas, the chief minister directed the agriculture division to supply rat-control pesticides to farmers freed from price.

Director agriculture division Gurvinder Singh mentioned DSR approach helps in saving practically about 15-20 per cent water as in comparison with the traditional puddling methodology.

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