Considering the water being the precious commodity in agriculture, drip irrigation in paddy would be the only solution to achieve the present target of food grain production through paddy cultivation in Tamil Nadu, particularly in Cauvery delta, said Eli Vered, head agronomist, Netafim Irrigation, Israel, at Aduthurai near Kumbakonam recently.
At the filed day organised at Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute (TRRI) at Aduthurai to visualise the feasibilities of growing paddy by using drip irrigation, Mr Vered explained how sub surface irrigation in sugarcane came into adaptation in Tamil Nadu. He suggested quickening the packages of paddy cultivation under drip system so that technologies could be fine-tuned for adoption in paddy.
T.Jayaraj, Director, TRRI, said that a collaborative research programme on drip irrigation in paddy was being carried out at TRRI with the financial support of Netafim Irrigation India Pvt Ltd.
Mr. Jayaraj narrated the benefits of drip irrigation in all crops and possibilities of using drip irrigation in a system basis for rice and rice fallow crops like pulses and vegetables which would increase the farm income besides water saving.
T. Ramesh and E. Subramanian, assistant professors of TRRI, made arrangements for the field visit in which a large number of farmers participated.
They explained the importance of the outcome of the drip irrigation trials conducted at TRRI to progressive farmers.
Subba Rao and Sabarinathan, managers of Netafim took part, said a release issued by TRRI here on Thursday.