Sowing ops begin today, CM promises 8-hr power - ECAS Punjab

Sowing ops begin today, CM promises 8-hr power

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9

Chief Minister Capt Minister on Tuesday assured farmers of uninterrupted eight-hour power supply for the tubewells, as well as regular water supply needed for successful paddy transplantation. The kharif season for sowing paddy will begin on Wednesday.

In a message to the farmers ahead of the paddy sowing operations, the Chief Minister urged them to wear face mask and diligently follow all health protocols advised by authorities from time to time. With Covid cases rising across the world, especially in India, Punjab could not remain isolated, he warned.

Expressing hope for another bumper kharif crop by state's farmers, who had delivered in tough conditions in the recently concluded rabi season, the Chief Minister urged all farmers to strictly follow all social distancing norms and take all necessary precautions to protect themselves.

Amid the Covid crisis, Punjab had successfully completed procurement of 128 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) without a single instance of Covid infection reported from as many as 4,000 mandis across the state. This, said the Chief Minister, had demonstrated the successful implementation of social distancing norms during the intricate 40-day process, which the farmers had managed against all odds.

Capt Amarinder expressed satisfaction at the initial results of the unique direct sowing method for which state government had provided machines to farmers this season.

The results have been encouraging, with paddy needing less water, he said, adding that the technique was also less labour-intensive. The state government has been encouraging the use of these machines in the light of the reduced migrant worker availability and the pandemic dangers involved in manual sowing.



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