PM's Aide Inaugurates Mechanical Rice Transplanting
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Mon 21st June 2021 | 08:16 PM
Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Food Security and Research, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema on Monday inaugurated mechanical rice transplanting here at National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) to promote modern ways of rice cultivation and enhance production in the country
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jun, 2021 ) :Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National food Security and Research, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema on Monday inaugurated mechanical rice transplanting here at National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) to promote modern ways of rice cultivation and enhance production in the country.
While inaugurating mechanical rice transplanting, he said that there were almost 10 components through which the production of rice could be increased.
He said with the help of mechanical rice transplanting, a machine with 80,000 hills is used which is able to plant as many as 160,000 plants in a straight line. "This method can significantly increase the rice production," he added.
However, normally farmers plant 40,000 hills (80,000 plants) by rice transplanter.
Moreover he said, the complete fertilizer can be done within 10 days only. Water supply to the fields is closed after 40 days, that helps the plant grow more rapidly.
The SAPM said under this project, the government would provide 2700 machines on 50% subsidy to the rice producers and the subsidy would continue for 5 years.
The project cost is Rs 15.789 billion with Federal share of Rs 3.751 billion (24%), provincial share of Rs 7.568 billion (48%), and farmers' share of Rs 4.470 billion (28%) and the project duration is 5 year (2019-2024).
The basic and long term objective of the project is to increase per acre paddy yield by 10 maunds for basmati and 20 maunds for non-basmati.
Jamshed was informed that the major project interventions includes provision of rice implements on 50% subsidy (Transplanters, Drills, MB plough, Sprayers), seed distribution on 50% subsidy and demonstrations of good agricultural practices Progress.
The meeting was informed that efforts were being made to adopt transplanting through machines from 1990's but could not be successful. Now as per Prime Minister's initiative project and through service providers it has become successful.