Cultivating Cane All Year Unscientific

By TheHindu on 13 Oct 2016 | read

Reacting to the Cauvery crisis, the Forum of Former Vice-Chancellors of Karnataka State University (FVCK) said it was unscientific to grow high water-consuming crops such as paddy and sugarcane all year round, especially during distress years.

These crops should be grown only during rainy season and light irrigated crops suitable for different regions of the Cauvery basin, should be planted, they said in a release.Modern methods of paddy production such as using early maturing and drought-tolerant high yielding varieties and adopting the System of Rice Intensification (SRI method) would help ease the water-sharing problem, it added.