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Posted at: Jun 11, 2019, 6:22 AM; last updated: Jun 11, 2019, 6:22 AM (IST)

Crop diversification: This farmer has planted 200 papaya saplings

Crop diversification: This farmer has planted 200 papaya saplings
Gurtej Singh works at his farmhouse in Mashana village. Tribune Photo

Bathinda, June 10

To diversify his crop to supplement his income, Gurtej Singh, a progressive from Mashana village, has been trying his hand at cultivating papaya these days. He has grown 200 saplings in four canals at his farmhouse in the village.

Officials of the Horticulture Department on Monday visited the farmhouse of Gurtej and enquired about the growth of the papaya plants. Expressing satisfaction on the progress of the plants, the officials said Gurtej was one of the few farmers in the district who had planted papaya under the net on such a large scale.

“Gurtej is a progressive farmer who is trying to obtain maximum benefit from papaya for which he is working hard to maintain the proper growth of these recently planted saplings,” said Dr Darshan Pal, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department, who, along with other officials, visited Gurtej’s farmhouse on Monday.

Gurtej said he started growing papaya in place of vegetables as he had to take these to the market almost every evening.

Gurtej added that he bought these plants from Punjab Agriculture University (PAU), Ludhiana, after due consultation with experts. He has been using the net for farming since 2014.

Horticulture experts said if proved successful, papaya cultivation would prove very helpful for the other farmers in nearby areas who might also opt for the same fruit in the future. They said papaya was likely to help Gurtej earn some extra profits in the coming months.

Gurtej pointed out that in a bid to maintain rotation, he had grown 200 plants in the four canals net with a capacity of 600 plants.—TNS

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