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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 7:35 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 7:35 AM (IST)

Farmers begin paddy sowing before official date in district

Govt has set June 20 for initiating crop transplantation
Farmers begin paddy sowing before official date in district
Labourers transplant paddy in fields in Bathinda district. Tribune photo

Sukhmeet Bhasin
Tribune News Service
Bathinda, June 9

Though the government has set June 20 as the date for initiating paddy transplantation, farmers have already started sowing the crop in Bathinda and Mansa districts.

Janak Singh of Mehma Sarja village said, “I have started transplanting paddy before June 20 because after it, there will be a shortage of labour. Moreover, labourers will charge more money. So, it is better to initiate transplantation of paddy now.”

Officials of the Agriculture Department have warned the farmers who have started transplanting paddy before June 20 of action against them.

Sukhmander Singh, a farmer, said, “I have also transplanted paddy in my fields because delay in the process will spell more trouble. It will result in increased moisture content and make paddy virtually unsaleable.”

Another farmer Gurmeet Singh said, “We are spending money from our own pockets to burn fuel and irrigate the fields. We fail to understand why the government has problem from us.”

BKU (Ekta) Ugrahan leader Sukhjiwan Singh said, “Farmers are being harassed due to policies of the Agriculture Department and the state government. If officials of the Agriculture Department plough the paddy crop, we will gherao them.”

According to the notification issued by the state government under the Punjab Preservation of Sub-Soil Water Act, 2009, May 20 has been fixed for sowing paddy nursery and June 20 for transplantation of the crop in the fields each year.

Moreover, there is confusion among farmers regarding official date of paddy transplantation as during the Lok Sabha elections Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had announced that paddy transplantation would start from June 13.

But, Agriculture Department officials had not received any notification regarding the new date. Therefore, the officials are considering June 20 as the official date for paddy transplantation in the state.

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