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Posted at: Nov 7, 2018, 1:24 AM; last updated: Nov 7, 2018, 1:24 AM (IST)

Happy Seeder gives them a head start

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 6

While most farmers of the district are busy burning paddy stubble in their fields, there are some in whose fields young wheat plants have become visible as they have sown wheat without burning stubble.

“With the motivation of my village farmers and administration, I have sown wheat first time with Happy Seeder on 12 acres without burning stubble. Wheat plants have become visible. I have sown wheat at the cost of Rs 500 per acre without burning stubble, but other farmers would spend around Rs 2,000 per acre to sow wheat, and that too, after burning stubble and causing grave pollution,” said Kulwinder Singh, a farmer from Kanoi village.

Farmers said thanks to the Happy Seeder, there was no need to plough the field after cultivating paddy and wheat can be sown the same day if weather allows. Except the cost of diesel to run tractor for Happy Seeder, there is no other cost. But with burning of stubble, farmers say that first farmers have to cut stubble, then burn it and then the sowing of wheat starts and it costs around Rs 2,000 per acre.

Sources in the local Agriculture Department office informed that till last year, there were only 700 Happy Seeders in Sangrur district while this year the number had increased to 1,300, while 200 more were being released in a few days. In Sangrur, wheat would be sown over 2.86 lakh hectares. Agriculture officers say that they have been trying to facilitate the sowing of 40-50 per cent wheat without burning stubble with Happy Seeders.

Leaders of the BKU Ugrahan are demanding special financial help for farmers for managing stubble without burning. “The state government is trying to pressure farmers to manage stubble without burning by spending from their own pockets. Farmers are already under huge debts and it’s impossible for them to do so. We have formed village-wise teams of farmers to gherao officers, if anyone comes to take action against farmers for burning stubble,” said Amrik Singh, Sangrur district president of the BKU Ugrahan.

Deputy Commissioner Ghanshayam Thori said the administration was taking all required steps to help farmers.


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