Chandigarh, Oct 4 (UNI) With a view to boosting foodgrain production in Punjab, the state agriculture department has launched the 'Village Adoption Scheme', under which certified wheat seeds would be supplied to the farmers of select villages.
According to official sources here, under this scheme the district level agriculture departments will select three villages from each development block. Each agriculture family of the village will be provided 20 kg quality certified seed of wheat on subsidy.
In addition, 12 additional villages in each block of the state would be adopted by the agriculture department. The farmers in these villages would be persuaded to use only certified seeds of wheat.
The village adoption scheme aims at replacing 20 per cent of uncertified wheat seed by the end of the wheat sowing season which begins at the end of this month. Thereafter 40 per cent seed replacement will take place next year and the entire process would be completed in three years.