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August, 2008



Chandigarh August 29, 2009

Punjab would soon send chaff (toori) to the flood ravaged areas of Bihar.

An assurance to this effect was given by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to his Bihar counterpart, Mr. Nitish Kumar and the Union Railways Minister Mr. Laloo Parsad Yadav. Mr. Badal called the two leaders over telephone to express solidarity with the flood affected people of their state.

Announcing this here today, Mr. Badal said that although Punjab too facing problems following floods in some parts of the state, "the people and the government of Punjab were guided by the message of the Gurus that taught us to work towards the welfare of the entire mankind (Sarbat da Bhalaa). He said that consignments of animal fodder would leave for Bihar soon. There is severe shortage of animal fodder in that state following unprecedented deluge that has left vast areas completely inundated.

Mr. Badal also assured the Bihar Chief Minister that the government and the people of Punjab would stand by their Bihar brethern in their hour of adversity and would extend all kinds of assistance that the latter needed at this juncture. "We would respond to the Prime Minister's call for treating the Bihar floods as a national calamity in view of the severity, magnitude and intensity of floods there. We in Punjab know what it means to be hit by floods as we are battling with the same problem for the past few weeks. We would be acting in the greatest traditions of generosity, humane-ness and large-hearted response to other people's crises which the Punajbis are rightly famous for," said Mr. Badal in a statement here.

The Chief Minister has also assured the Government of India of all possible help in help contain the damage and destruction caused by floods in Bihar.

Cooperatives to play an important role in productivity enhancement of the crops
- Capt. Kanwaljit Singh

Markfed signs three MoUs with Syngenta

Chandigarh, August 29

In order to push 'Per Acre' yield of all the crops in general and wheat, paddy & cotton in particular, the Markfed and Cooperative Societies have been asked to lead a campaign for the benefits of Punjab farmers. This was disclosed by Capt.Kanwaljit Singh, Cooperation Minister while addressing a high level meeting held at Chandigarh regarding supply of best quality Agro Chemicals to Punjab farmers through Primary Agricultural Service Societies.

Markfed has been given this mandate to make available Best Quality Agro Chemicals both from own formulation as well as best brands of the market at the door-steps of farmers. Capt.Kanwaljit Singh expressed that Markfed is already playing a laudable role in distribution of fertilizers to the farmers through Cooperative Societies as during the last two years, the share of fertilizer distribution through Cooperatives has been increased from 35% to 60% in the overall fertilizers market in the State.

Emphasizing the need to provide proper training and educate the farmers for judicious, safe and efficient use of pesticides, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh announced that the Markfed in collaboration with World's leading Agri-Business Company; Syngenta, having turn over of more than 36,000 crore will begin the 'Productivity enhancement campaign in Punjab initially in five districts namely; Ropar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Nawanshahar, Hoshiarpur and part of Jalandhar have been selected where two clusters of ten villages each will be identified for educating the farmers for the purpose. Each member farmer of the society will be contacted by the team of Markfed & Syngenta officials alongwith the Agricultural Experts to disseminate the technical information. Capt Singh further underlined the need to evolve eco-friendly plant protection system as due to extensive use of pesticides the soil quality had already been degraded resulting in continuous decline in production. He asked the Syngenta management to ensure the availability of quality agri inputs on affordable prices to the Punjab farmers to rejuvenate their sagging economy. While speaking, Shri Jagdeep Singh Nakai, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Cooperation Punjab explained that there is great demand of Markfed's Agro Chemicals in the cotton belt. The campaign of Markfed for productivity enhancement in cotton and adoption of Maur, Talwandi Sabo and Sangat blocks, has received good response. Shri G.S.Grewal, IAS Managing Director Markfed assured the Cooperative Minister that Markfed will continue to formulate and supply Best Quality Agro Chemicals from its Mohali Plant.

Further, the Markfed & Syngenta will jointly open 3 Farmers Training Centres at Gidderbaha, Rajpura and Jalandhar to supply the requisite fertilizers, best quality agro chemicals, ISI marka cattlefeed besides imparting training to the farmers. In this regard, three MOUs were signed between Markfed & Syngenta on 29.8.2008 for which Mr.John Atkins, World Head, Syngenta Switzerland and Mr.Andrew Guthrie, Head Asian Countries, Singapore especially came to Chandigarh. The MOUs were signed by Shri G.S.Grewal on behalf of Markfed and Mr. Parkash Apte, Managing Director, Syngenta India.


CHANDIGARH, 29 August: In order to get maximum yield from crops 66 soil testing laboratories were operational in the state which would test about 6 lac samples of soil, this year.

Revealing this Punjab Agriculture Minister S. Sucha Singh Langah said that farmers should get their soil tested and uses fertilizer accordingly. He said after soil testing farmers would come to know the deficiency of fertile elements.

Mr. Langah said besides these 66 soil testing labs in the state two labs were operational in Agriculture University Ludhiana, eight labs under Markfed and one lab was being run by NFL. He appealed to farming community to get their soils tested before using fertilizer.


CHANDIGARH, 29 August:

The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 2 September to 9 September, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Abohar Branch, Patiala feeder, Bhatinda Branch, Bist Doab Canal and Sidhwan Branch, respectively.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the irrigation department said that direct distributaries of Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' being in the Ist preference will run to their indent. Balance water supplies available will be utilised in direct distributaries of Bhakra main line of Group 'A'.

The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries of group "B" would run on first preference to their indent. Balance water supplies available would be utilised in direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in Group "A".

The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Kasur Branch Lower with its distributaries being in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water available would be utilised in Sabraon Branch, Lahore Branch, Main Branch Lower and with its distributaries respectively.




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