Scientists of the Agricultural Research Station of Acharaya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) at Rekulakunta near here have suggested the farmers raising groundnut crop under irrigation to adopt micro irrigation methods to improve the yield and save water, which is a scare resource in the region.
Speaking to farmers of Kothapeta village of Gooty mandal in the district as part of an on-field training programme on Thursday, principal scientist, dryland agriculture, and co-principal investigator of Integrated Scheme for Oilseeds, Pulses, Oil palm and Maize (ISOPOM) project B. Ravindranatha Reddy stated that sprinkler irrigation method would be highly useful for irrigated groundnut cultivation.
He further suggested the farmers to adopt improved varieties in groundnut like K-6, Narayani and ICGV–91114 for better yield and income.
Local varieties of groundnut had lost their productivity due to repeated use, he said.
The ARS scientists identified some farmers as seed growers and provided them with K-6 variety of seed.
Such farmers could not only help themselves but could also provide improved varieties of seed to other farmers in their village and the neighbouring villages.
Thus, the farmers at village level could attain self-sufficiency in seed needs.
The scientists explained seed treatment to farmers and stressed the need for soil test-based fertilizer application in groundnut cultivation.
The farmers were also told to focus on weed management as weeds like parthenium would spread Peanut Stem Necrosis Disease (PSND) in groundnut.