01 June 2020, New Delhi: The Union Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar has appealed the farmers to grow different varieties of crops keeping in view the type of farmland in order to make farming a gainful activity. In a letter addressed to the farmers of the country, Mr. Tomar said that with the onset of monsoon in most parts of the country, sowing of crops has also been initiated in many places and is complete in a few areas. The objective of the letter was to exhort the farmers to adopt best agricultural practices in order to maximise production.
He further appreciated the farmers of the country to have completed their agricultural work with responsibility and dedication even during the difficult time of pandemic Covid-19 lockdown which affected industries and businesses. The rabi crops were harvested on time and selling procedure has been completed without any hindrance. Agricultural production has become the pivot of the country’s economy.
Mr. Tomar in his letter addressed to the farmers has suggestions on a number of good agricultural practices. These include best methods of growing paddy which is the main crop in the kharif season, control of weeds, use of bio-pesticides, organic manure and vermi-compost, ridge and furrow method of crop planting, seed treatment of pulses with rhizobium bacteria. He also stressed on the balanced use of nitrogenous fertilisers along with potash and phosphorus in accordance with soil health card, and using best irrigation methods.
He mentioned that by adopting better crop management practices, agricultural production can be increased manifold. The over all use of best practices will help the farmers to improve their production with minimum investment.