Quest for wheat seed gets tough in Rajouri
Amid start of wheat sowing season due to rainfall from last four days, farmers in Rajouri district can be seen stuck in a challenge of receiving wheat crop seed from Government Agriculture department and have urged state government to ensure that additional wheat crop seed is provided in Rajouri
Pertinent here to mention that Government Agriculture Department provides wheat crop seed to farmers for sowing of hybrid crop seed on time and several thousand quintals of wheat seed are provided among farmers every year.
However, the attempt to receive seed in Rajouri seem becoming a battle among farmers who are not leaving any stone upturned in receiving seed.
"From standing in long queues to approaching political bosses, people are not leaving any stone upturned in receiving seed and some farmers are even standing in queues for two to three days " some eyewitness said.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, local farmers have demanded release of additional seed quota.
Rajouri is a big district with more requirement of agriculture related commodities and government should release the same.
They further accused concerned department and said that people have to struggle a lot in receiving wheat crop seed.
Meanwhile, Chief Agriculture Officer informed that the total requirement of wheat seed in the district is 40000 quintals, of which 10% is to be provided by the department. So far the department has distributed 7700 quintals (almost 20%) of the requirement.
However keeping in view the huge rush of farmers, additional 1500 quintals has been requested from concerned Directorate and it will reach within 2-3 days.