Thanks to adoption of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method of paddy cultivation, 70 per cent of farmers are looking forward to reaping a bumper harvest.
According to Agriculture Department officials, the harvest in is progress and the yield is in the range of 15,000 kg per hectare.
Incidentally, a farmer of Nasiyanur in Erode district N. Parameswaran received an award from the Chief Minister during the Republic Day for achieving highest agricultural productivity during 2012-13, adopting SRI method.
For having produced 6,119 kg paddy per acre, Mr. Parameswaran received the award that included Rs. 5 lakh in cash and a medal worth Rs. 3,500.
According to official sources, the productivity this year was bound to be more since the fields that had been cultivated after a gap of a year would have enhanced fertility. During 2012-13, a majority of farmers chose not to cultivate due to water inadequacy. This year, there was adequate water supply from the Bhavani Sagar Dam.
Also the monsoons did not cause extreme conditions, and there was no pest problem.
Since the success of SRI method has been proved, there would be more farmers switching over for higher productivity, there will be higher patronage, a senior official said.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture Department has sown ADT 38 paddy in 20 acres in the Government Seed Farm at Bhavani for distribution to farmers for the next season of paddy cultivation under SRI method.R. Krishnamoorthy