An Experience Of Precision Farming In Turmeric Cultivation

By TamilNadu Agricultural University on 30 Aug 2016 | read

Theeran chinnamalai Precision farming farmer’s welfare association,

Pullagoundan pudur,Devarayapuram village,

Thondamuthur Union,

Coimbatore district.

We used to practice conventional farming in our lands. Before one year we have attended precision farming training conducted by the extension department of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. We came to know the details of precision farming and decided to start the cultivation in the precision farming. Then we approached the Horticulture Department and they advised us to follow the precision farming as a group to get high profit . So we formed a group with 21 members and practiced precision farming in 20 hectares of land in 2009 January. we planned to cultivate small onion, tomato, brinjal, cauliflower, chilies and turmeric in the Drip irrigation system. We visited to Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri where the precision farming is being practiced successfully. There we visited to fields and discussed with precision farming farmers got detailed information about precision farming from their experience. Then we cultivated crops with the help of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Horticulture Department .We conducted meetings every Wednesday to discuss about the cultivation practices and techniques. We followed the precision farming techniques like drip irrigation, Fertigation, farming with less work load etc.

I’’m A.Rajamani, a young farmer of precision farming group. I practiced precision farming in turmeric and I would like to share my experience of turmeric cultivation.I sowed the turmeric rhizomes after plouhging the land well. I also grew onion, coriander, chilies and redgram as inter crops. In precision farming, plants grew well without much competition of weeds. I go thigh yield by using sufficient water and fertilizers at correct time. Also, I got good quality farm produce from this cultivation. Particularly onion fetch high price in markets because of same size and good quality.Retailers Came to field to take the produce directly. I got high profit of Rs. 9,60,000 per hectare in one year in turmeric cultivation. I got this huge profit because of shifting conventional cultivation into precision farming. We all the farmers of our group decided to follow precision farming in the forthcoming years. For that, preparatory works are going on.

At the present critical situation of farming, this type of good schemes will help farmers to get success in farming. Especially young farmers can follow this type of good schemes to lead a better profitable farming.

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