Spot study: Retired IAS officer P.N. Vedanarayanan and officials of the Agriculture Department in a field in Tirupattur. — Photo : Special Arrangement
Cultivation of green gram immediately after harvesting the standing crop – red gram – has been proposed to farmers currently growing red gram as the pure crop in Tirupattur and Kandhili blocks under the Accelerated Pulses Production Programme (A3P) of the Union government.
“We have suggested to the farmers to go in for short green gram crops immediately after harvesting the red gram using the residual moisture and thereby preventing exposure to the hot sun. Green gram can be harvested between 70 and 75 days,” said retired IAS officer P.N. Vedanarayanan, special invitee for the taskforce on pulses in the State.
He was here on Friday on a visit to the lands under red gram cultivation at Tirupattur and Kandhili blocks. “This will help in fetching higher income for the farmers. There will be substantial returns for pulses crops. We will be working out a plan to launch the red gram-green gram combo,” Mr. Vedanarayanan observed.
Noting that there had been a distinct change as farmers have switched from the traditional low-yield varieties of red gram to fairly high yielding variety, he said: “The programme has been well-received by the farmers. There are predominantly small and marginal farmers in Tirupattur and this programme has been a blessing for them,” Mr. Vedanarayanan added.
Joint Director, Agriculture, Vellore R. Duraisamy said the team visited Adhiyur and Elavampatti in Kandhili and Madapalli in Tirupattur.
“Traditionally, horse gram is cultivated by farmers. However, green gram could fetch a better price for them. It will also be cultivated for the seed farms. We have also suggested growing of cow peas, which could be harvested between 70 and 90 days, after harvesting the standing crop. We will help the farmers by way of conducting demonstrations, providing seeds and inputs,” he said.
A demonstration of DAP foliar spray was conducted for farmers in Golamangalam village in Madhanur. Officials of the Agriculture Department said the spray, which was now being used for the standing crop of red gram, prevented flower shedding, and helped in conversion of all flowers into pods and good seed filling. Two per cent of DAP foliar spray should be used twice — 15 days after flowering and after 50 per cent of flowering.
The spray would be provided to 411 farmers here free under the National Agriculture Development Project, officials said.
Among others, Deputy Director-Agriculture Thamizhselvan, Assistant Director-Agriculture, Tirupattur, Gandhi and Agriculture Officer Stephen Jayakumar were present during the visit.