The farmers of Punjab are troubled by the lack of germination of wheat seeds. Wheat germination usually occurs 10 to 12 days after sowing, but even after a lapse of more than two weeks, germination has not taken place. Now the farmers are demanding action against the seed seller and the seed company as well as demanding compensation.
Harjinder Singh, a farmer from Punjab’s Malerkotla district, told The Indian Express that it has been more than two weeks since I sowed wheat on 26 acres, but the seeds have not yet germinated. In 26 acres, Harjinder’s own farm is only 10 acres. He has taken the remaining 16 acres on lease.
Yield will be affected on resowing
He bought the seed of a popular variety of wheat at the rate of Rs 38 per kg from a local fertilizer, pesticide and seed dealer. Harjinder told that I have spent about Rs 40,000 on seeds because 40 kg of wheat seed is required per acre.
Harjinder narrates his pain and says that now they are in a huge financial burden as they are suffering not only because of seed loss but also because of input cost on fertilizers and diesel. He said that if we sow again, it will also be delayed and the yield of the crop will be affected.
Economic burden on farmers increased due to lack of germination
Gagandeep Singh, another farmer from Amargarh village in the same district, also sowed the same variety in his seven-acre field and met with the same fate. Ranjit Singh of Gowara village, cultivating 80-90 acres of land on lease, bought wheat seed from a dealer and sowed it in 12 acres of land, while using his own seed on the rest of the land. Germination of house seeds has taken place, but the seeds sown on 12 acres of land have not germinated.
Farmers in many villages, including Banbora and Uppoki, are complaining about the crop not growing after buying seeds from local dealers. Abjinder Sangha of Gowara village, a farmer and an activist working for farmers welfare, said that many farmers in his village had bought seeds from fertilizer dealers and all of them are now suffering due to non-germination. He told that more than half a dozen villages are facing this problem and poor and helpless farmers are under heavy financial burden.
‘Compensation not yet received’
A senior official of the Agriculture Department said that they have come to know about this and the matter is being investigated. Harjinder Singh said that we have informed the district agriculture department as well as the deputy commissioner of Malerkotla. Company people visited our fields and promised to give us compensation but till now nothing happened and the time for sowing of wheat crop is about to end.
Chief Agriculture Officer JPS Grewal said that he will talk on this issue on Friday. Deputy Commissioner Malerkotla Madhavi Kataria said that they had received oral complaints from two or three farmers and took immediate action and called agriculture officials. He told that the agriculture officials informed him that the farmers have been compensated by the company.
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