JALANDHAR: In order to bail out the farmers from the agrarian crisis by promoting diversification among them through massive awareness drive, the Agriculture and Farmers’ welfare department on Monday initiated a drive to distribute 450 kits of Moong in the district free of cost on the World Pulses Day.
Addressing the farmers during the start of the distribution drive in Chamiara village, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Nazar Singh said that the government is aiming to increase pulses’ cultivation the area in its effort to save the depleting water table by reducing paddy’s area and to increase the farmers’ income.
He said that Punjab government is already holding awareness and training camps for farmers in this regard in the district and also providing seeds free of cost.
He said that the department will also hold demonstrations of the use of the latest techniques for sowing pulses at farmers’ fields.
Dr Singh told that the pulses can be sown immediately after the harvesting of potatoes and wheat as the fields remain empty for 65-days and the farmers can earn a good income from Moong.
Chief Agriculture Officer further revealed that pulses boost the fertility of the soil and reduce the need of the other fertilizers because they get nitrogen from the atmosphere and provide organic matter to the soil.
He added that the encouraging response has been witnessed as more and more farmers were opting for diversification of agriculture, which was not only good for them but for the state also.
Dr Singh said that the diversification of agriculture is a boon for farmers in today’s scenario and it can maximize the profits of farmers even from small landholdings.
On the occasion, Agriculture Officer Dr Naresh Gulati, ADOs Dr Arun Kumar Kohli, Dr Surjit Singh, Dr Danish Kumar and others also addressed the farmers.