Wheat seed subsidy to reach accounts of farmers


The Punjab Government has decided to give wheat seed subsidy directly into the bank accounts of farmers for this season. Farmers can get certified seeds on the Punjab Government registered and certified seed agencies and semi-government institutions like Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, Punseed, IFFCO and Kribhco.

To seek the subsidized seeds, farmers should fill in the requisite pro forma, sign it and should get it attested from the village sarpanch, nambardar or municipal councillor and submit to the nearest agriculture office.

Giving this information here today, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Gurditta Singh Sidhu said forms could also be downloaded from the website www.agripb.gov.in. He said farmers should give their complete application by November 3. He said Bathinda district had set a target of selling 10,300 quintals of subsidised wheat seed, of which 70 per cent was to be given to those belonging to the general category and 30 per cent to those belonging to the SC category.

Sidhu said 50 per cent of the certified seed or maximum Rs 1,000 per quintal of subsidy would directly be deposited into the bank accounts of farmers. After buying certified seeds on the basis of permit issued, farmers would have to submit bills within 10 days. Permits for wheat seeds would be given from November 4 onwards.

The farmers having less than 2.5 acres of land would be given preference while giving permit. If the number of applications received is fewer, then permits would be issued to the farmers having less than 5 acres of land. If still the seeds remained left over in quota, permits would also be issued to the farmers having more than 5 acres of land. He said farmers would get subsidy only on buying seeds from government or semi - government seed agencies.


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