Despite decreased area, Punjab expects bumper wheat harvest
Moga, Apr 8 (UNI) Despite reduction of wheat croparea by 52,000 hectares, Punjab is still expecting a bumper, harvest this season and production is expected to touch 146 lakh metric tonnes, almost the same as last year.
Wheat contribution to the central pool is expected to be about 90 lakh MT this year.
Similarly in the ensuing kharif season the area under paddy will be 24.25 lakh hectares about 2.25 lakh hectares less than last year and production target 153 lakh MT will be achieved as compared to 152 lakh MT last year.
This was stated here today by Dr Gurdev Singh Gill, the states Joint Director Agriculture, while addressing progressive farmers of the area during a kharif crop training camp here today.
Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) experts who also addressed the farmers, stressed the need of diversification from wheat and paddy to bring more area under cotton, pulses and oilseeds that needed less water. In this context they refered to the depleting water table in the state.
Dr Gill also disclosed that this year the area under cotton will be increased to 26.50 lakh hectares in the state as compared to just 5.57 lakh hectares last year. Punjab is expected to achieve the target of more than 20.50 lakh balles of cotton, he added.
The Joint Director also pleaded to bring more areas under sugarcane and pulses also and said the state agriculture department had proposed to bring 1.25 lakh hectares of area under sugarcane against 84,000 hectares last year and expected to produce 725 lakh MT of sugarcane against 540 lakh MT last year.
The area under pulses, according to the Joint Director will be increased from 40,000 hectares last year to 94,000 hectares this year and production will be increased from 32,000 MT to 85,000 MT this year.
Dr Gill also stated that the department of agriculture planned to reclaim 6,149 hectare more area by providing about 30,778 MT gypsum at 50 per cent subsidy to the farmers.
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