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In times of unpredictable weather, ‘precise farming’ comes to aid

‘Precise farming’ reportedly constitutes following the recommendations of experts and the Met department.

farmers, farmers in punjab, crops in punjab, Amarjit Singh, who adopted precision farming, with his wheat crop in Jalandhar. Express photo

With the weather turning out to be the biggest enemy of the farming community in the past seasons, ‘precise farming’ is the answer, say experts and progressive farmers. The turbulent weather in the region over the past two days has damaged wheat crop in some places, but farmers who are practising ‘precise farming’ say they have not been affected.

‘Precise farming’ reportedly constitutes following the recommendations of experts and the Met department.

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Amarjit Singh, a farmer of Jalandhar, has sown wheat on 20 acre of his farm, and despite heavy rain and strong winds, the wheat is still standing long in the fields. “We follow the recommended farm practices and never go beyond that,” said Amarjit Singh. He adds that according to the advice of agri experts, the farmers never sow the wheat before November and use adequate water, instead of flooding the fields.

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“Wheat in all the fields adjacent to ours is falling flat because most of the farmers never adhere to the advice of the experts and hardly care for the Met department predictions,” said farmer Avtar Singh of Bhangu Kudrati Kheti Farm in Charkey, Jalandhar.

“Whenever we run our tubewell to irrigate the fields,” he added, “we choose a man to stop it when the fields get wet, but farmers mostly use excessive water, fertilisers and pesticides which make their crops weak in turbulent weather conditions.”

Another farmer of Barapind village near Phillaur is also seeing his crop stand straight against the wind and the rain. “I have been growing wheat on the beds and the trenches surrounding the beds take away the excessive water from the crop,” he said.

“We were ready to water our crop, but when we saw the Met predictions we decided to wait and now the rain has irrigated the crop well,” he said.

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S S Gosal, an eminent scientist and PAU Board of Management, emphasised that they were educating farmers to adopt conservation agriculture and precision farming to get maximum from least sources.

“We have been focusing on telling farmers that they should go to agri experts of their respective districts and even Krishi Vigyan Kendras to get information about precise farm techniques,” he said.

Gosal added that farm literature was very helpful in profitable farming and the university had produced several short books and songs from which farmers would get to know about right types of farm practices.

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“It is time for the farmers to adopt accurate farm practices, instead of depending on old traditional methods. They must get their farm land levelled to save and run adequate water in the fields,” said Gurdial Singh. He added that they were educating farmers on the same in the camps on growing Kharif crop.

First published on: 14-03-2016 at 10:04:01 am
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