At a time when agriculture has become a costly affair, many had turned their back on farming with a sigh and heavy heart. But, we see a slightly contrasting scenario in Nandigama of Medak district where farmers are eagerly waiting for one Ch. Samuel to come and help them practice a new cultivation system. Strange, but true.
Seven years ago, like many other farmers in the region, Mr. Samuel was a small holding farmer with about two acres of agricultural land. As are all farmers destined to face, farming became a burden to him. It was at this time that he came across Srivari cultivation system, which he heard would give a good yield. As he had run out of choices, he could do nothing but to embark on practicing the new system which necessitated him to share his land.
“My decision to practice the new system created ruckus in my family and my wife, Prameela, opposed me tooth and nail. She faulted me for leaving so much space between the seedlings while planting. She also did not speak to me till we got our first crop yield,” Mr. Samuel told The Hindu . He got 20 bags of paddy in ten guntas of land which is considerably high. Paddy grains for each panicle are 180 to 210 as against 80 to 110 for each panicle in normal cultivation.
The result has changed the perspective of not only Prameela but also the entire village. Today, paddy cultivation using Srivari system is carried out in about 200 acres of land in the village. His success as well as his expertise has brought him laurels and farmers from Chalmeda, Konapur, Rajakpalli seek his help in practicing the new method in paddy cultivation.