July 11, 2011

 

Punjab's corn cultivation subsidies attract farmers

 

 

The series of incentives declared by state government has caused Pujab's farmers to express interest in corn cultivation.

 

Corn cultivation is also set to touch 1.50 lakh hectares against 1.3 lakh hectares last year.

 

Punjab Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langah said that corn production was expected to touch 5.25 lakh tonnes with average 36 quintal per hectare yield during current year.

 

He said that during year 2010-11, the area under corn cultivation was 1.3 lakh hectares and the total production was recorded 5.02 lakh tonnes with average 36.73 quintal per hectare yield. While in year 2009-10, the total area under corn cultivation was 1.39 lakh hectares and the total production was 4.75 lakh tonnes with average yield of 34.14 quintal per hectare.

 

He said that Punjab government has been providing seeds of two seeds of hybrid corn namely PEHM-1 and PCM-3 free of cost to the farmers of the state. He said that 20,000 mini kits of two kilogrammes seed each of corn were being distributed free of cost to the corn growing farmers.

 

Langah said that the state government under a public private partnership has chalked out an ambitious plan to set up 110 exhibitions plots of one hectare each in five districts to cultivate corn on trial basis. He said that under this programme, Punjab Agriculture University, Monsanto India Ltd. and Shri Ram Bio Seeds would jointly provide 50% subsidy of corn seeds and required pesticides along with technical guidance.

 

He further said that in another programme, the state government has selected 50 blocks for providing technical guidance to corn growing farmers. He said that these blocks were in Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Nawan Shahar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur, Ropar, Patiala, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ludhiana.

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