Punjab to make use of historical broadcasting technique to develop rice this Kharif, assist save groundwater


DSR can allow lower h2o utilization by as an amazing deal as 35% across the frequent method of transplanting rice seedlings from a nursery to waterlogged fields

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann visiting a grain mandi recently. Photo: @BhagwantMann / Twitter
Punjab Foremost Minister Bhagwant Mann going to a grain mandi a short time in the past. Picture: @BhagwantMann / Twitter

The Punjab authorities has decided to ship an house of 1.2 million hectare (mha) of beneath the Fast Seeding of Rice (DSR) method within the approaching Kharif sowing yr to protect h2o regardless that sowing paddy.

That is double the situation that was sown lower than DSR in 2021 (.6 mha). DSR can be known as the ‘broadcasting seed method’, beneath which seeds are instantly drilled within the fields.

The trade is laser levelled and a pre-sowing (rauni) irrigation is finished. The sector is organized to the absolute best soil humidity situation and paddy (non-basmati) is seeded instantly. This system saves groundwater and therefore electrical energy, versus the traditional h2o-intense technique.

It could actually help decrease h2o utilization by as considerably as 35 for each cent in regards to the conventional process of transplanting rice seedlings from a nursery to waterlogged fields.

The goal was established after Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and situation agriculture officers met with distinct farmer unions and teams April 17, 2022.

“We’re organising instructing camps and producing fast movies to unfold consciousness and inspire them to undertake DSR. We’re additionally utilizing sights of farmers who adopted DSR previous yr on what number of issues they confronted in order to work on them this time,” Gurvinder Singh, director of agriculture, Punjab, reported.

The federal government skilled set a purpose of one million hectares previous yr however might convey solely .6 mha underneath DSR. Having stated that, this was the state’s highest thus far and .1 mha excess of the 2020 determine.

DSR has been slowly however certainly attaining recognition. It picked up much more all by way of 2020 when Punjab and Haryana confronted a labour crunch triggered by migration of staff throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and farmers shifted to DSR, which isn’t labour-intense.

MS Bhullar, principal agronomist, Punjab Agriculture College (PAU) reported some farmers have additionally identified that there actually ought to be normal supply of transient period selection seeds throughout the DSR time period, like in the midst of the transplanting interval and the govt. has agreed to that.

The govt. has set the time interval for DSR sowing amongst May 25 and June 5. Common transplanting sowing commences instantly after June 15-20.

Rice is the foremost kharif crop of India and is grown in all the important thing agrarian states similar to Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. On condition that groundwater is the first supply of irrigation in these states, rice cultivation by transplanting has depleted the consuming water desk.

In Punjab, for event, the groundwater declined in about 85 per cent of the state in between 1984 and 2016, based on Central Ground Water Board information.

On this type of a state of affairs, DSR can assist reduce down water consumption by as so much as 35 for every cent, in accordance to the 2011 look at printed within the journal Developments in Agronomy.

“There are solely two strategies to avoid wasting groundwater. Probably diversify from paddy to different crops or undertake consuming water-preserving strategies to develop paddy,” Bhullar talked about.

PAU’s suggestion for DSR in 2010 was just for medium to massive textured soils, however demonstrations in 2020 confirmed the refined DSR know-how can carry out even in sandy loam soils.

This has enhanced the realm perfect for DSR in Punjab to 85 for every cent from 45 for every cent, Bhullar talked about. 

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