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Punjab's Crop Pivot: Fruitful Diversification



  Dec 04, 2023

Crop Diversification in Punjab



What is the aim of crop diversification in Punjab?

The goal is to shift from the prevalent paddy-wheat crop rotation to more sustainable and profitable alternatives like fruit cultivation, thus improving farmers’ incomes and preserving water resources.

Why is fruit cultivation being emphasized in Punjab?

Fruit cultivation, especially of kinnow, guava, and pear, is promoted due to its higher income potential, better use of resources, and to meet the rising demand for these fruits.

What are the estimated net returns for kinnow, guava, and pear cultivation?

Kinnow, guava, and pear cultivation offer significantly higher estimated net returns over their bearing period compared to traditional paddy-wheat rotation.

How does crop diversification benefit farmers?

Diversification increases profitability, reduces dependency on a single crop cycle, and promotes sustainable farming practices that can conserve vital resources like water.

What steps are being taken to support crop diversification?

Initiatives include establishing fruit estates, providing quality inputs, and enhancing marketing support to help farmers transition to and profit from fruit cultivation.

What challenges does crop diversification address?

It addresses issues like soil health degradation, water depletion, and economic instability due to reliance on a few crops.

What is the strategic approach to crop diversification?

The approach includes focused investments in quality inputs, infrastructure for fruit processing, and marketing strategies to ensure profitable and sustainable farming.

What role does government policy play in crop diversification?

Government policy supports the transition through financial aid, technical guidance, and infrastructure development to ensure a smooth shift from traditional crops to diversified farming.

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