IEP Chandigarh, July 18
Providing yet another relief to the farmers affected by floods, Punjab Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department has set up a control-room to provide paddy saplings at free of cost to farmers, whose crop has been damaged by the floods in the state. Such farmers can dial “77106-65725” from 8am to 9.30pm to register their demand for free paddy saplings, said Punjab Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Mr Gurmeet Singh Khudian here on Tuesday. He said that Punjab Government has been striving hard to help out farmers from this natural calamity as per the commitment of the Chief Minister S Bhagwant Mann. The Agriculture Minister will kick start the paddy sowing on over 22 acres in Sangrur district on Wednesday, and over 3500 quintal paddy seeds is being sown by the department to provide free paddy saplings to farmers. Asking farmers to need not to worry as the state government is standing by them, Mr Gurmeet Singh Khudian said that the state has already working on strategy to fill the demand of paddy saplings. The state government is committed to provide paddy saplings where replantation is required due to floods. Agriculture Minister also appreciated the efforts of farmers who are helping the affected farmers by providing paddy saplings free of cost. This is the high time to hold hands of each others in this difficult time, he added.