CM Bhagwant Mann Launches Unique DSR Portal to Give Direct Incentive to Farmers

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday launched a Direct Seeding Rice (DSR) portal, here at his official residence, to help farmers who are mobilizing to save groundwater by adopting the DSR technique.

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Chandīgarh:

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday launched a Direct Seeding Rice (DSR) portal here at his official residence to help farmers who are mobilizing to save groundwater by adopting the DSR technique. Highly commending this farmer-friendly initiative by the Mandi Board and Agriculture Department, Bhagwant Mann said that it would be essential to compile all the data on every farmer, who opted for the DSR technique besides ensuring the payment of Rs. 1500 per acre after proper verification through this portal to the true beneficiaries in a fair and transparent manner. Bhagwant Mann said their campaign to save Punjab’s precious groundwater is receiving an overwhelming response from farmers.

The area under Moong has been doubled and more and more farmers are opting for DSR technique every day instead of the traditional technique to sow paddy and help save the precious state resource. Unlike previous governments, in AAP government beneficiaries of any scheme will not have to run from pillar to pillar to get their entitlement, Punjab government is launching this portal today to ensure that our farmers n won’t have to deal with any hassle. the Chief Minister on the modalities of the aforementioned portal, the Additional Chief Secretary for Agriculture said that after proper verification, the incentive amount of Rs 1,500 per acre will be directly transferred to the respective farmers’ bank accounts. Notably, this unique portal was developed and designed by Mandi Board in synchronization with the Department of Agriculture. With the adoption of this innovative technology, there would be at least 15-20% water saving besides helping in efficient water percolation, ultimately improving the groundwater level through recharge. appropriate. This cost-effective technique would also reduce the labor cost by nearly Rs. 4000 per acre.

The state government has already deployed 3000 officers/civil servants from various departments including Agriculture, Horticulture, Mandi Council and Water and Soil Conservancy to meticulously oversee the operations of the DSR so as to provide appropriate technical advice to farmers and undertake verification of the sown area. state-of-the-art technology to ensure that the Rs. 1500 per acre payment is made only to the true beneficiaries. It can be recalled that farmers across the state used to grow paddy including Basmati in an area of ​​30 lakh hectares (75 lakh acres) during this Kharif season. According to available data, last year, 6 lakh hectares of paddy were cultivated under DSR and this year the target is to double the area under DSR. Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, Chief Secretary Anirudh Tewari, ACS Agriculture Saravjit Singh, ACS Finance KAP Sinha and Agriculture Director Gurwinder Singh among others attended the meeting.


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First published: May 25, 2022, 8:08:47 PM

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