May 7, 2020
Indian state gives 50% machinery subsidy for paddy, corn cultivation
To boost direct sowing of paddy and mechanised cultivation of corn during Kharif season, India's Punjab government has decided to give subsidy of up to 50% to buy the necessary machinery, reported The Economic Times.
This will immensely benefit the state in saving ground water and helping the farmers to tackle the problem of labour scarcity amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Disclosing this here today Agriculture Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu said that 50% subsidy would be provided to women, scheduled castes and 40% to other farmers. The secretary further said that farmers had been asked to submit their applications to avail the benefit of subsidy on machinery required for paddy and corn cultivation till 10 May.
He further informed that the machinery on which subsidy would be given include direct seeding of rice machines with or without spray attachment, paddy nursery sowing machines, paddy transplanting machines and equipment used for corn sowing, threshing and drying.
Giving details of the procedure for getting subsidy, the Secretary said that the Agriculture Department had simplified the entire process to facilitate the farmers to avail maximum advantage of the subsidy in view of the COVID-19 restrictions. He said that the farmers could submit their applications directly to the field officers on a simple paper, through e-mail or Whatsapp.
Pannu further pointed out that the farmers interested to avail the benefit of subsidy could get more information at toll free no 1800-180-1551 of 'Kisan Call Centre' from 6 am to 10 pm.