The increase in production per unit area has limitations and is not sufficient to fulfill the food requirement of the ever increasing population. Therefore the horizontal and accelerated way to increase the food production is by increasing the area under cultivation through development of culturable wasteland with the use of bulldozers. A culturable wasteland of approximately 3.93 million acres is available for development in Punjab which is 12.66% of cultivated area. A fleet of approximately 500 bulldozers in good working condition is required for several years to reclaim this culturable wasteland.
The Field Wing has only 306 in operation bulldozers out of 375 old and unserviceable. The operational bulldozers are used to:
Service Acquirement Procedure
The Agricultural Engineer placed at divisional level controls the land development operations in their respective divisions/area. He is supported by one Assistant Agricultural Engineer (Field) who is responsible for hiring of bulldozer services in respective districts. Unit Supervisor is also placed at tehsil / unit level.
For acquiring services, the farmer / beneficiary must contact concerned district / unit office and complete the formalities. For hiring of bulldozers, the farmers submit an application on prescribed Proforma to the Assistant Agricultural Engineer or Unit Supervisor who is fully authorized for booking of bulldozer through cash deposit and operation of machinery. A challan form is prepared by the Officer/Unit Supervisor indicating the charges to be deposited by the applicant and hours of bulldozers booked for the purpose. After depositing money in the government treasury/bank the farmer is eligible to get the bulldozer on his turn. The hire rates of bulldozers are as under:
Service Hiring Rates
Non Agriculture Work
|Contractor / Agency / Department / NGO etc.|
||Rs. 2380/- *|
|Rs. 1100/- **|
* Diesel will be provided by the Department
** Diesel will be provided by the User
- For small & big farmers rates are same for both makes (i.e. Komatsu & Caterpillar)
- All rates are applicable on hourly basis
- For non agricultural work same rates apply to all i.e. Contractor / Agency / Department / NGO etc.