Farmers in Haryana have so far achieved 86.17 per cent of the target set for sowing of wheat.
Chandigarh, Dec 3 – Farmers in Haryana have so far achieved 86.17 per cent of the target set for sowing of wheat and other crops in Rabi season 2016-17 by covering 28.41 lakh hectares against the target of 32.97 lakh hectare.
While stating this today, a spokesman of the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department said that the demonetisation of high-denomination currency notes had not had any adverse effect on sowing of Rabi crops in the State.
He said that wheat had so far been sowed over 22.24 lakh hectare as against the target of 25.50 lakh hectare, covering 87.22 per cent of the target area. Similarly, gram has been sown in 71.25 per cent of the target area, covering 0.57 lakh hectare against the target of 0.80 lakh hectare. Barley has been sown in 59.52 per cent of the target area, covering 0.25 lakh hectare against the target of 0.42 lakh hectare. While Rabi pulses have been sown in 50 per cent of the target area, cover 0.05 lakh hectare against 0.10 lakh hectare, farmers growing Rabi oilseeds have achieved the maximum target by sowing their crops in 88.33 per cent of the target area. These crops have been sown over 5.30 lakh hectare against the target of six lakh hectare.
He said that sowing of sunflower, which is to be done over 0.15 lakh hectare, would commence in February, 2017. The State Government has taken several initiatives to ensure that the farmers do not face any difficulties in sowing by providing adequate power supply, water and other facilities, he added.