Agro boost

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

I read with in­ter­est your ar­ti­cle, "Pun­jab's paddy dilemma" (July 1-15, 2014). It seems both the state gov­ern­ment and the farm­ers are short-sighted. They are ea­ger to earn more money through paddy and wheat crops with­out both­er­ing about soil health, ecol­ogy, en­vi­ron­ment and ground­wa­ter sta­tus. The In­dian Coun­cil of Agri­cul­tural Re­search must co­or­di­nate with the Pun­jab State Farm­ers' Com­mis­sion to raise aware­ness among farm­ers on wa­ter har­vest­ing, wa­ter­shed man­age­ment, in­te­grated wa­ter man­age­ment and crop di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion. The farm­ers in the state could also look at the sys­tem of rice in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion, a popular and suc­cess­ful method of rice cul­ti­va­tion in south In­dia. There should be reg­u­lar in­ter­ac­tion among the farm­ers and agri­cul­ture sci­en­tists, pol­i­cy­mak­ers and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to fur­ther new ways to im­prove agri­cul­tural con­nec­tiv­ity.

K KAILASA NATHAN

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