Administration to increase horticultural crop area by 150 acres this year-NPS Randhawa

NAWANSHAHR: In a bid to encourage crop diversification among the peasantry, the Shaheed Bhagat Singh (SBS) Nagar administration has set a target to increase the horticultural crop area by 150 acres in the current year.

Giving an update on the various peach, pear and plum farms in Balachaur sub-division, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa said the district currently has 1200 hectares of horticulture and this will increase of 150 acres this year as more farmers are opting for the area which is not only beneficial to them but also to the state.

He said the state government headed by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was encouraging farmers to embrace crop diversification to improve their profitability besides taking them out of the wheat and paddy cycle. He said crop diversification would not only maximize farmers’ profits, but also save groundwater. He said the growing trend of crop diversification is the need of the hour and the administration will leave no stone unturned to achieve this goal.

The deputy commissioner said that the administration will zealously carry out a massive awareness campaign among the mission mode farmers to promote crop diversification in the district. He said plum, peach, mangoes, kinnow, lemon, lychee, peas, potatoes, chilli, cauliflower and others are the main horticultural crops which are also widely sown. quantity.

In addition, NPS Randhawa said that this year, the horticulture department will also distribute 4,000 vegetable seed kits to the people at government rate to promote vegetable gardening.

He urged farmers to come forward and embrace horticulture to increase their income and save depleting groundwater.

The Deputy Director of Horticulture, Dr. Jagdish Singh Kahma, informed that the Punjab government is offering a 50% subsidy for establishing new orchards. He said that the best time to plant evergreen fruit trees is August-September, and the appropriate time to plant autumn fruit trees is December-January. He said any farmer in the district who wants to adopt horticulture can contact the district head office or the block level office.
Dignitaries present on the occasion included Horticulture Development Officer Dr. Rajesh Kumar Balachaur and others.

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