About 650 paddy farmers from the neighbouring Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts interacted with agricultural scientists and acquainted themselves with methods of growing high-yielding varieties, hybrids and pest management during a field visit to Directorate of Rice Research, Rajendranagar here on Sunday.
As part of Farmers' Day organised by DRR, the ryots were taken around and shown demonstration projects. Apart from seeing methods of cultivating high-yielding varieties and hybrids, they also learnt about ways of saving water and nutrients. Methods of growing System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and aerobic rice were also demonstrated, according to B.C. Viraktamath, Project Director, DRR. Several agro input agencies, ICAR institutes, seed and fertilisers' companies put up stalls. The farmers were also exhibited a row drum-seeder machine which transplants eight rows. P. Raghav Reddy Vice-Chancellor, Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), who was the chief guest, stressed the need for cultivating high yielding varieties and newer methods of growing.
The organisers also felicitated three farmers—K. V. Krishna Rao ( Raichur, Karnataka) for trying to popularise basmati rice cultivation; V. Ranga Rao ( Zaheerabad, Medak Dt) for his work on water saving and a tribal woman farmer, Chinnala Lakshmi ( Mahbubnagar) for propagating new varieties of paddy.