Land Leveling

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:

  • Develop culturable wasteland
  • Improve the existing cultivated land
  • Reclamation of eroded and gullied lands
 
These bulldozers are provided to the farmers on subsidized rates. In addition to this, the bulldozers are also deployed for other resources development such as construction of mini dams, water storage tanks, fish ponds, desilting of canals, defense works, plugging of canal breaches, rehabilitation of flood affected areas and during flood emergency.

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

Agriculture Work

Small Farmers (up to 12.5 acres) Rs. 560/- *  
Big Farmers (above 12.5 acres) Rs. 100/- **
Government Departments  
  • Komatsu
Rs. 2120/-*
  Rs. 650/-**
  • Caterpillar
Rs. 1830/- *
  Rs. 550/- **

Non Agriculture Work

Contractor / Agency / Department / NGO etc.  
  • Komatsu
Rs. 2750/-*
  Rs. 1280/-**
  • Caterpillar
Rs. 2380/- *
  Rs. 1100/- **

*   Diesel will be provided by the Department
** Diesel will be provided by the User

Note:

  1. For small & big farmers rates are same for both makes (i.e. Komatsu & Caterpillar)
  2. All rates are applicable on hourly basis
  3. For non agricultural work same rates apply to all i.e. Contractor / Agency / Department / NGO etc.