Ample use of organic manure has been the main the reason for Erode farmers bagging the Chief Minister’s Award for obtaining highest paddy yield for two consecutive years.
This year’s award recipient K.P. Duraisamy of Thatharakadu village, near Sivagiri in Kodumudi block, could achieve paddy production of 15,325 kg a hectare through large-scale use of organic manure.
Before sowing CR 1009 (Savithri) paddy variety under System of Rice Intensification method, the farmer had cultivated daincha crop and mulched it before flowering. In nursery preparation, the farmer had applied 100 kg of farm yard manure and two kg Azospyrillum. Though the department had recommended usage of 10 tonnes of organic manure, the farmer had applied double the extent of farm yard manure before readying the field for cultivation, said Joint Director of Agriculture M. Selvaraj.
Mr. Duraisamy had planted the saplings with spacing of 23cm x 23cm.
Last year too, a farmer of Erode district, Parameswaran of Nasiyanur, received the Chief Minister's Award for achieving high paddy yield.
Mr. Parameswaran produced 6,119 kg of paddy an acre by adopting SRI method.
Mr. Parameswaran too had used a large quantity of organic manure to enrich soil fertility.
A healthy culture of large-scale usage of organic manure for turmeric cultivation has taken strong roots and has been extended for paddy cultivation as well, Mr. Selvaraj said.
Both Mr. Duraisamy and Mr. Parameswaran planted 14-day old paddy saplings, maintained a gap of 23cm between each plant.
Thanks to the ideal agro-climatic conditions, and alternate cropping pattern, a farmer in Erode block is in strong reckoning for the Highest Yield award yet again. Production of IR-20 variety paddy in his farm would be assessed by a team shortly.
Farmers say they are motivated by the priority accorded to agriculture by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by way of fixing a prize money of Rs. 5 lakh for the winner of ‘highest yield competition.’