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Re-sowing after Ghaggar havoc: Farmers want govt to raise saplings for emergencies

Farmer Kabul Singh Sekhon along with his re-transplanted crop

Three weeks after the paddy planted over 150 acres owned by him and his prolonged household had been utterly destroyed after Ghaggar flooding, Kabul Singh Sekhon has managed to re-transplant rice saplings once more. He wouldn’t have managed this with out assist from farmers, and non secular locations in neighbouring Haryana, who had grown some spare rice saplings that had been provided to him. Sekhon has now urged Punjab authorities to develop spare paddy/basmati saplings at an ‘off season’ nursery for flood susceptible areas.

Given the time misplaced because of the rain distress, Sekhon is now solely planting short-durating basmati varieties. Although he should be happy with non-MSP crop now with much less yield, however nonetheless he hopes to chop his losses. Paddy, which has Rs 1815 per quintal MSP this yr, has a yield above 30 quintals per acre. Basmati yield is 20 to 22 quintals per acre and has no assured market.

As Ghaggar swelled, it submerged his whole crop below 5 ft water for over every week. The land owned by the household prolonged to Moonak, probably the most affected village. “The moment water receded I started efforts to look for rice seedlings. I finally got it from three sources — a farmer, a trader and one gurdwara sahib in Haryana,” he mentioned.

“I have spent Rs 7,000 per acre re-transplanting rice saplings again which included Rs 2000 as cost of seedlings, Rs 4000 as labour cost. Remaining amount I spent on transportation of seedlings,” mentioned Sekhon.

Like Sekhon, Hardeep Singh, who’s sarpanch of village Macorad Sahib close to Moonak, too confronted large losses when the paddy crop on his 15 acres land bought uprooted as a consequence of Ghaggar flood. However Hardeep was Fortunate as he may get seedlings from Gurdwara Macorad Sahib freed from value. Like him, different farmers of his village additionally bought saplings from gurdwara and transplanting on almost 700 acres is being achieved in his village. However all of them needed to spend labour value once more.

One other farmer Jasbir Singh of in Bathinda’s Mian village needed to spend Rs 5000 per acre for procuring ‘off season’ Basmati seedlings from a fellow farmer, who had some spare seedlings after sowing in his personal fields.

For majority of farmers, who’re re-sowing both basmati, maize or some pulses, the associated fee has been vital. Crop planted over 90,000 acres was broken after single day rain in Punjab on July 16 in 5 districts together with Bathinda, the worst affected, Sangrur, Mukatsar Sahib, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib.

“We are getting the announcement done in the villages about the availability of basmati 1509 nursery with us so that farmers can get it for re-plantation as still they can do it by mid August,” mentioned Agriculture Improvement Officer (ADO) for Lehra and Moonak in Sangrur, Dr Inderjit Singh Bhatti. He mentioned that seedlings had been being provided freed from value from a nursery arrange by the district administration at land owned by Gurdwara Macorad Sahib.

“Ghaggar area gets inundated with flood water every now and then, and our point is that every time farmers arrange the seedlings if re-planting time is left, while government only announced a meagre compensation,” mentioned Kabul Singh.

Jagmohan Singh, Basic Secretary BKU (Dakaunda), mentioned that the climate patterns had been seeing adjustments which required measure to satisfy such emergencies. “If individual farmers in Haryana and Punjab can anticipate this and grow spare rice seedlings why can’t government do this as there is hardly any big investment involved,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, as a consequence of floods, the world below basmati crop might be elevated as a result of farmers are left with the basmati sowing time solely.

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