Nawanshahr administration set to increase acreage under horticultural crops: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Nawanshahr, April 30

To encourage crop diversification among farmers, the Nawanshahr administration announced an increase in horticultural cropping area by 150 acres this year.

Giving an update on the various peach, pear and plum farms in Balachaur sub-division on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa said at present that the district currently has 1,200 hectares in horticulture and that would be increased by 150 acres this year. as more and more farmers opt for the sector, which is not only beneficial for them but also for the state.

He said the state government led by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was encouraging farmers to diversify their crops to improve their profitability, apart from 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 was the need of the hour and the administration would leave no stone unturned to achieve the goal.

He said the administration will zealously carry out a massive sensitization campaign among 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 Department of Horticulture will distribute 4,000 vegetable seed kits to 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.

Deputy Director of Horticulture Dr Jagdish Singh Kahma said 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.

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