The Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Kumulur, will conduct a demonstration on modern mechanised rice farming on its campus on October 18.

The demonstration, in a farm of about 40 acres, will show how farmers can adopt complete mechanisation from “seed to seed.” The programme aims at popularising use of machines in various cultivation operations and to sensitise farmers to various technologies including water management, according to a communication from the institute.

It will also help farmers in monitoring crop establishment, growth parameters and yield, weed growth and water use under different combinations of soil-machine-crop geometry with different rice varieties.

Demonstrations will be conducted on mechanized rice cultivation practices such as paddy nursery seeding machine, direct sowing of paddy in puddle soil using drum seeder, direct sowing in dry soil using multi-crop and turbo seeder, mechanical planning using four, six and eight row paddy transplanter and mechanical weeder, water harvesting technologies and reuse of harvested water for supplemental irrigation.

The event will also provide an opportunity for farmers, scientists, extension personnel and representatives of private companies to interact on farm mechanisation.

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