Agriculture department preparing for alternative farming in Jharkhand, instructions given to make farmers aware

in the state dry In view of the situation, now alternative preparations are being made, under this emphasis is being given on alternative farming. Regarding its preparation, Jharkhand Agriculture Secretary Abu Bakr Siddiqui and Agriculture Director Nisha Oraon held a meeting with the officials of the department. During this, the Agriculture Secretary has asked to intensify the preparations to deal with the drought-like situation. Also said that the promotion of alternative farming should be spread among the farmers of all the districts.

Jharkhand has received only 50 per cent rainfall till July, which has affected paddy transplantation. Farmers in Jharkhand are completely dependent on rains for Kharif crop especially paddy cultivation, due to which only 15 percent of the area has been sown in paddy. However, due to the rains in the last days of July in the beginning of August, the smile has once again returned to the faces of the farmers. Regarding which, while talking to the District Agriculture Officers in virtual mode, the Agriculture Secretary reviewed the rain and sowing of crops in all the districts.

Instructions for setting up task force

Abu Bakr Siddiqui instructed all the district magistrates to keep a constant watch on the situation and constitute a task force under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner. All the District Agriculture Officers reviewed the current status of sowing of pulses, oilseeds, corn and coarse cereals in their respective districts, besides the status of rain, paddy transplantation and under this, in relation to the preparation of alternative farming in the state. He said that the target of sowing the state fixed paddy is still far away, although the situation of coarse cereals and pulses, oilseeds is slightly satisfactory.

Preparation for alternative farming

It is noteworthy that except two districts of Jharkhand East and West Singhbhum, no district has received normal rains. Rest of the other districts have recorded below normal rainfall. This is a worrying situation for the state. At the same time, after the drought-like situation arises in the state, as a part of preparations to deal with it, Kisan Goshthi for alternative farming is being organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the state. Along with this, farmers are being motivated to do alternative farming through ATM and BTM. Farmers in Jharkhand transplant paddy on 15th August, however if there is good rain in the initial weeks, only 30-40 per cent of paddy will be planted.

Demand for seeds from National Seed Corporation

An action plan has also been prepared to promote alternative farming in the state. According to the information received from the sources, pulses, oilseeds and other seeds will be given to the farmers at 75 percent subsidy. In order to ensure the availability of seeds in the state, the demand for seeds is being made from the National Seed Corporation. Apart from this, a request has been made to increase the amount of seed grant to give relief to the farmers from the low rainfall in the state. Apart from this, consideration was also given to ensure that there is no shortage of fodder for the animals.

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