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