Crop Diversification Scheme: Those who leave paddy cultivation will get Rs 7000 and those who plant other crops except millet will get Rs 4000 per acre.
Soil testing will increase farmers’ income
Haryana Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister JP Dalal said that crop diversification has become very important in present times. This will reduce the consumption of water and increase the income of the farmers. This will not only maintain the quality of the land but will also improve the crop yield. Dalal said this in a two-day Agri-Horty-2021 conference cum exhibition organized by PHD Chamber today.
Dalal said that in order to preserve the soil power (every farm-healthy field) by the Agriculture Department, farmers are being given Soil Health Card after checking the fertility of every acre. Soil testing of 25 lakh acres will be done this year. So that farmers make proper use of fertilizer. This will reduce the cost of farming.
The government is discouraging paddy cultivation because
The Agriculture Minister said that the department has started crop diversification to save water. Under Mera Pani Meri Virasat Yojana, farmers are being given Rs 7000 per acre for adopting less water consuming crops from paddy to other Kharif crops. Last year about one lakh acres and this year also on about one lakh acres of land, farmers have planted other crops except paddy. Apart from this, 25% water is saved by direct sowing of paddy.
Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR-Direct Seeding of Rice) technology has also been focused. Which saves a lot of water. This year, farmers have directly sown 20 thousand acres of paddy in 8 districts. For which they have been given incentive amount at the rate of five thousand rupees per acre.
4000 rupees will be given for this work
Under crop diversification, incentive amount is being given at the rate of Rs. To remove standing water and to increase land drainage, there is a provision to repair the land at the rate of one lakh acre. In order to conserve water and prevent land erosion, construction of small dams etc. is being done for water conservation and land erosion in farmers’ fields, retaining wall, pond beautification and land erosion.
Grant to farmers for green manure
Dalal said that in order to maintain the level of nitrogen in the soil, the seeds of Dhincha are being given to the farmers on subsidy in the form of green manure. So that the fertile power of the land remains with green manure. The emphasis of the government is to bring farmers to organic farming instead of chemical fertilizers. Efforts are on to minimize the use of insecticides and to control disease-causing organisms from other friendly insects.
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