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Paddy to be sown over 4.4 million acres in Punjab.

SIALKOT, May 23 -- More than 44.92 lakh acres of land will be brought under paddy during the Kharif season in rice growing areas of Punjab.

Official sources told APP on Saturday here the provincial agriculture department had initiated a training programme for the paddy growers.

In Gujranwala division, paddy will be cultivated on 18.25 lakh acres of land and more than 4.13 lakh acres in Sialkot district. Tehsil-wise break-up of sowing in the district is; Sialkot tehsil 1.21 lakh acres; Daska 1.12 lakh acres; Pasrur 1.20 lakh and 59,000 acres of land in Sambrial tehsil.

The local agriculture department has already completed a farmer training programme in 1442 villages of Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial. More than 26,155 paddy growers of the district participated in the training programme and they were given training for enhancing per acre yield.

The agriculture department deputed special teams for providing guidance and assistance on use of inputs, nursery sowing and transfer of plants to fields to rice growers.

Meanwhile, the agriculture department has directed paddy growers that they should use only recommended seed.

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