Farmers advised to adopt SRI for better yield during crisis

By Times Of India on 20 Jun 2018 | read
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TRICHY: As the system of rice intensification (SRI) has proven effective for crops in times of water crisis, experts in the field have urged farmers to use the method to manage under drought conditions in their areas. Various scientists made the this appeal to farmers during one-day free training programme on improved production technologies in rice cultivation held here on Tuesday.
The constituent institution of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), located at Sirugamani, organised the programme to educate farmers on the improved and latest varieties and its selection in rice cultivation. Improved production technologies in cultivation like bio-control seed treatment, biofertilizers applications and agronomic practices were explained to a large number of farmers present at the training session to execute agriculture effectively.

Farmers were also told about using various methods involved in SRI method of cultivation such as integrated nutrient management, pest and disease management and the importance of using machines as much as possible as finding labourers for agriculture have become a task.


Scientists explained that the looming water crisis and water-intensive nature of rice cultivation are driving the search for alternative management methods to increase water productivity for cultivating rice.


“Experiments done in on-station and on-farm conditions to compare rice production using modified methods of irrigation, planting, weeding and nutrient management with conventional methods of cultivation has proved that SRI is the best one,” they added. At a time the groundwater level is going lower, farmers were asked to follow cost and water efficient method of cultivation.


Earlier, programme coordinator S Easwaran inaugurated the event and asked farmers to utilise the opportunity before they executing paddy cultivation.


 

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