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    Haryana, Punjab push non-paddy cultivation

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    The Haryana government has announced an incentive of ₹7,000 per acre for non-paddy cultivation, while Punjab is urging farmers to go for maize instead of paddy.

    NEW DELHI: Depleting water table and shortage of farm labour have prompted Haryana and Punjab to promote planting of crops other than paddy. The Haryana government has announced an incentive of ₹7,000 per acre for non-paddy cultivation, while Punjab is urging farmers to go for maize instead of paddy. In recent years, the Centre has been asking Punjab and Haryana to encourage crop diversification.

    Haryana has banned paddy cultivation in eight water-stressed blocks besides announcing the cash incentive for planting other crops. Last year, the state gave an incentive of ₹2,000 per acre besides free seeds and other inputs for diversification to maize.
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    1 Comment on this Story

    RAJESH CHANDER GUPTA250 days ago
    Government should ban export of rice in view of shortage of water because paddy requires huge water and cost the nation much more than foreign exchange earned In stead of growing paddy farmers should be encouraged to grow other crops like dal and oil seeds etc which can be consumed in our country and can save foreign exchange.
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