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Mechanised farming comes of age

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Naira Agricultural College has begun Mechanized System of Rice Intensification in 60 acres

Naira Agricultural College professors explaining the paddy transplanter mechine on Saturday —Photo: Basheer
Naira Agricultural College professors explaining the paddy transplanter mechine on Saturday —Photo: Basheer

Naira Agricultural College is keen to create awareness about the mechanised farming to reduce the expenditure on labour and ensure higher yielding in future. Labour cost has gone up to Rs.7,000 per acre with the non-availability of agricultural labourers, thanks to decent wages being paid under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGP).

It has begun Mechanized System of Rice Intensification (MSRI) in 60 acres with the support of advanced technology and hoped to extend it to 500 acres from next season.

The scientists say mechanisation is the best alternate solution in the present scenario. Farmers can hire the advanced technology to avoid huge investment on the equipment. They have to spend only Rs.2,500 for the completion of transplantation.

The Naira College, affiliated to Acharya NG Ranga University, has taken up MSRI on its premises near Amudalavalasa and other places such as Korlam, Ragolu, Nimmatorlada and other places. The college dean M. Venku Naidu, who was recently appointed member of ANGRAU Board of Management, assured that he would talk to the senior officials of the university to chalk out an action plan to promote MSRI extensively in the district. The college procured two machines worth Rs.38 lakh each for the promotion of mechanisation in rural areas.

Rice transplanter, soil pulverizer, automatic seeding machine, laser-guided leveller, power-weeders and others are part of the equipment which enable to complete the plantation process within no time.

‘In normal condition, yielding is likely to be 28 to 30 bags weighing 80 kg each. The yield is likely to go up to 33 bags according to the previous experiences in other places apart from reducing the expenditure. The farmers can contact us for utilizing our equipment under custom hiring method,” said Mr.Venku Naidu.

Meanwhile, senior professors, staff and students congratulated him over his appointment as member of management board and hoped that more funds would be allocated to the college with his initiative.

Mr. Venku Naidu will continue as member of the board apart from continuing as dean of the college.


  • Naria Agricultural College hopes to extend it to 500 acres from next season

  • Farmers can hire the advanced technology to avoid huge investment on the equipment



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