Punjab government suggest climate Project for better crop productivity

The Punjab government has represent a five-member execution committee to effectuate work on a three-year project of “promotion of high-value agriculture through provision of climate smart technology” aimed at increasing crop and water productivity through application of modern irrigated agriculture development technologies.

According to the information issued by the Punjab Agriculture department, the Punjab government has introduced a climate smart technology project under “Kissan Package” to attain higher and quality crop productivity. The government will expend a huge amount of Rs 127.75 million on this project which will be accomplish in three years.Convener said implementation committee will be the Secretary Agriculture Punjab while Director General Agriculture (Field), Director General Agriculture (Water Management), Director General Agriculture (Extension) will be its members and the project director will perform as the Secretary Committee, the information added. According to the project details, Punjab government is executing to renovate the agriculture sector to utilize its full potential to drive prosperity in the province for welfare of the farmers.Punjab Growth Strategy (PGS), 2018, envisions making a secure, economically vibrant, industrialized and knowledge-based province which is prosperous and where every citizen can expect to lead a fulfilling life. The PGS also envisages enhancing growth in agriculture by facilitating productivity improvement, increasing competitiveness in agriculture marketing and trade by providing a climate valuable to private sector investment, improving supply chain and value addition.Even though immense potential, Punjab’s agriculture suffers from low productivity due to poor farm management practices, high production costs, inadequate water availability and limited knowledge of employing modern technologies for crop production. Small farmers are unable to make use of modern technologies due to their poor economic conditions and high initial cost of technologies. Owing to these challenges, adoption of climate smart sustainable technologies is need of the hour.

The interventions anticipate under the proposed project would require promotion of a hi-tech technologies including solar system and tunnel technology for enhancing crop yields, increasing farm incomes, improving employement of people, enabling farmers to adjust the agricultural practices with varying environments, promoting renewable energy sources and alleviating poverty in the province. It is indicated that the solar system would be provided for operating high-efficiency irrigation systems.