Haryana targets increased paddy this yearJune 29th, 2011 - 11:54 am ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, June 29 (IANS) With paddy sowing in full swing and good rainfall in recent days, Haryana is targeting paddy plantation in over 12 lakh hectares of agricultural land with production target of 3,250 kg per hectare, an official said here Wednesday.
“Paddy plantation in Haryana has touched the three lakh hectare-mark and the target set for the current year is likely to be achieved soon. Farmers have been advised to complete plantation of paddy before July 15 so as to avoid the spread of Badra disease,” a spokesman of the agriculture department said.
Even though the target area under paddy plantation is 12 lakh hectares against the target of 12.45 lakh hectares in 2010, production target has been enhanced to 3,250 kg per hectare against last year’s target of 2,789 kg per hectare, he said.
“Timely rains have ensured the possibility of increase in production. As against average rainfall of 24.2 mm recorded in the year 2010, till now an average rainfall of 72.6 mm has been recorded which is 25 mm more than normal,” the spokesman said.
The production of rice in Haryana has increased from 2.23 lakh tonnes in the year 1966-67 to 34.72 lakh tonnes in 2010-11.
He said that in an effort to achieve the set targets, the state government has launched a village level seed treatment campaign across the state to help farmers get low-cost disease-free crops.
Punjab and Haryana contribute nearly 80 percent of the country’s total food grain production — wheat and rice — to the national kitty.
Haryana is known for production of high-quality basmati rice. “More than 60 percent of Basmati rice being exported from the country was from Haryana,” the spokesman said.
He suggested that farmers follow the area based advice of agricultural experts in the selection of seeds for paddy crop.
“The seeds ought to be treated before sowing and proper distance should be maintained while planting the same. Weedicides should be used and the crops should also be protected from use of too less or too much watering in the fields,” he added.
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