Direct seeding in rice using Drum-seeder
Increasing cost of inputs (especially irrigation water and labour) and unavailability of labour for critical farm operations have made rice cultivation extremely difficult for farmers in several areas of Andhra Pradesh which is a major rice growing state in India. To address these issues and to provide an alternative option to traditional system and `SRI` method of rice cultivation, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chittoor introduced direct seeding method in rice using a fibre bodied 8 row drum-seeder for the first time in 2006. This led to considerable reduction in cultivation costs and the area under direct seeding using drum-seeder increased from 0.2 ha in 2006 to more than 4600 ha in 2012. P. Bala Hussain Reddy, S Sreenivasulu and C Manohar from KVK Chittoor share their experiences with promotion of this technology in this Good Practice Note.
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Direct Seeding in Rice (DSR) is being promoted in climate smart village programme of CCAFS (Cimate Change, Agriculture and Food Security). It is spreading fast compared to the most popular method of transplanting. However, one of the reason cited by farmers of Haryana and Bihar is that the DSR gives out lots of weeds and what you save in transplanting gets out in weed management. This needs to be empirically validated.
In CCAFs project we had similar issues with the DND. We followed the regulations of TRAI and got the farmers to sign a no objection document and submitted to them with a request to remove DND for our farmers. Also the field staff went to each farmers house and helped them to de register. I can share that process too if required. It is important that the rules are followed otherwise there is heavy penalty for unsolicited calls and messages. This also means that you know your farmers and farmer know the value of your service. This is a time consuming task but it is worth the effort. We could get the clearance in two days and services were activated with all farmers and even my phone.
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