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High quality seeds of progressive varieties to be distributed across Punjab

November 16, 2014 09:26 PM

CHANDIGARH: With the onset of Radbi sowing season the Punjab today set in motion the transparent and equitable process distribution of wheat seeds amongst the farmers. Punjab Agriculture Minister S. Tota Singh announced that a quantity of 5.35 lac quintal seeds will be distributed to the farmers in the state through the National Seed Corporation, Punseed, Punjab Agriculture University, IFCO, Kripco, Punjab Agro and other allied agencies as per the requirement of the farmers.

He said that the Punjab Government was committed to providing seeds of progressive varieties of Wheat HD 2967, PVW 550, and PVW 621 at the rate of Rs. 700 per quintal. To increase production and aide farmers, the government was committed to providing basic infrastructure facilities. He said that separately Rs. 12000 crore short term crop loans would be provided to farmers through the primary co-operative agriculture societies and arrangements will be made for the supply of 6.5 lacs M.T. of urea and nearly 2.70 lacs M.T. of DAP Fertilizer to farmers of the State.

The Minister further said that maximum two quintal seeds would be provided to each of the farmers. The distribution of the seeds is being done in a transparent manner after obtaining application for requirement. He also said that the provision was made under the National Food Security Mission and Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Yojna. In case there is more demand of seeds, the government would also arrange to provide supply for the seeds. He also said that he is personally supervising the entire programme of distribution up to the level of small farmers.

The Minister also appealed to the farmers that they should take the bill at the time of purchase of seeds and other items. In case of any problem the farmers can contact the department. He informed that a comprehensive system for management and distribution is being set up so that the farmers of the state can benefit from all government provisions. The need of the hour is to eliminate corrupt middle men who take advantage of the farmers and hamper judicious distribution and welfare schemes.

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