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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Paddy plantation picks up in Rohtak

vinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 21

The rain in the past 24 hours has come as a blessing for farmers, especially for those eagerly waiting for it to meet the requirement of water for their paddy crop. It has also brought cheer to those who could not transplant paddy due to water shortage and non-availability of labourers. Now, paddy transplantation is in full swing. Rohtak has recorded 76 mm rain in 24 hour while paddy has so far been sown over 35,000 hectares in the district.

“This spell of rain is a boon as it will not only save the exploitation of groundwater but also reduce the cost as the farmers need not use tubewell which has now become a costly affair owing to the rising diesel price. Accumulation of rainwater in fields has given farmers another chance to transplant the paddy,” said Mahender, a farmer from Nindana village.

Jaikaran, another farmer from Kansala village, said the rain was also beneficial for the cotton and bajra crops.

Krishan from Jhajjar said groundwater in many villages was not fit for agriculture hence farmers remained dependent on rainwater.

Rohtas Singh, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Rohtak, has appealed to the farmers, who could not transplant paddy and cultivate bajra, to use the rainwater for the sowing crops.

from The Tribune

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