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Punjab farmers to cultivate maize instead of paddy

The state is all set to provide subsidy on maize at the rate of Rs 84 per kilogram

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 7 2016 3:40PM | Updated Date: Jun 7 2016 3:40PM

Punjab farmers to cultivate maize instead of paddy
Water crisis is the problem; the whole nation is suffering from. This water crisis directly affects the crop production of the country and when there are plants that need a lot of water, the crop production becomes even more difficult. 
 
 
Amidst this, the Punjab government has taken a strange step but somewhat useful. Punjab government has urged its farmers to undertake the cultivation of maize, instead of paddy because to grow paddy, water is the most essential part as it has to be kept soaked in water until the cutting of the crop. 
 
 
According a report of the economic times, the state is all set to provide subsidy on maize at the rate of Rs 84 per kilogram.
 
 
A spokesperson of the agriculture department said the move is aimed at pulling the debt-ridden peasantry of the state out of the vicious cycle of wheat-paddy cultivation. He said the government is promoting varieties of maize seed that produce higher yield. 
 
 
The maize seed of Lakshmi-333 variety is available to the farmers at Rs 168 per kg. Other varieties such as DKC-9125 ia available at Rs 220, DKC-9140/II8017 at Rs 225, PAC-751 at Rs 210.
There are other varieties as well, such as LY-558/4558 at Rs 190, PMH-2255 at Rs 179, TX-369 at Rs 180, P-3396 at Rs 265, P-3401 at Rs 375 and PMH-1 at Rs 175. 
 
Hopefully, this step will prove itself to be effective and efficient.