Paddy farmers skeptical about mechanised transplantation

  • | Wednesday | 12th June, 2019

Farmers say the government and the department concerned have not created awareness about the new technique, so they are not ready to spend money on paddy transplantation machines even though these are available at 50 per cent subsidy. “The main reason behind farmers not going for the machines is lack of technical knowledge. Farmers will do what they know and has been doing for decades,” said a farmer, Kuljit Singh Malawali. It takes a day for five men to cover an acre for which charges range between Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000. Efforts are being made to train farmers in new technique of nursery plantation, he added.

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