Punjab ready to adopt crop diversification: Mann

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Punjab ready to adopt crop diversification: Mann

Ludhiana, Sep 23 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday said that the state is all set to embrace diversification of crops but the Center will have to make a sure-fire arrangement to pay remunerative prices for these crops.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Kisan Mela and the Animal Husbandry Mela here, Mann said, “The central government has to ensure that the farmers of Punjab come forward to adopt crops that use less water.”

He said that an important decision would be taken in the coming days to check stubble burning.

Mann said that instead of cultivating paddy, farmers of Punjab are ready to sow sunflower, maize and pulses but they should get a fair and fixed price for the produce of these crops.

He said that this would help in checking the fall in the ground water level in Punjab and also make agriculture more profitable.

The Chief Minister said that the need of the hour was to do this to overcome the water crisis in Punjab.

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