Ludhiana – To ensure that farmers do not burn paddy straw that pollutes our environment, the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department Punjab has started a scheme where subsidy is given to farmers on farm machinery used for managing paddy straw. While providing information, Dr Baldev Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer, Ludhiana informed that like last year, this year also, subsidy on farm machinery would be given to the farmers of district Ludhiana under in-situ management of crop residue scheme.
He informed that this machinery would be used for management of paddy straw in the farm itself, so that the farmers do not burn it which leads to pollution in environment. He said that under this scheme, farmers would be given 50% subsidy for purchase of happy seeder, paddy straw chopper, multure, hydraulic reversible MB Plant, zero till drill, super SMS rotary slasher/shrub cutter. He said that the applications for subsidy on this machinery can be submitted at block agriculture offices by June 30, 2019 and no applications would be entertained after this date.
Dr. Baldev Singh clarified that if the applications received are more than the target, then the farm machinery would be distributed to the farmers through the draw of lots. He informed that subsidy would be given only on that machinery which has been manufactured by companies approved by the agriculture department of Union government. He informed that under this scheme, there is a provision of 80% subsidy for registered farmers groups for opening custom hiring centres so that machinery can be used on rent.
He said that more information about this scheme can be checked at websites www.agripb.gov.in or www.agrimachinery.nic.in or by visiting agriculture offices in blocks.