Field studies show increase in yield by 20-36 per cent

FACTMIX, a high efficient and eco-friendly fertilizer mixture for paddy, was launched at a function held at the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) here on Monday.

The fertilizer, a product of Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd (FACT), claimed to be having a balanced N-P-K-Ca-S content, has been field tested by the KAU in 150 acres in Kuttanand, Thrissur and Palakkad. FACTMIX was found to increase yield by 20-36 per cent on a 30 per cent reduced dosage compared to other fertilizers, the KAU sources said.

KAU Vice-Chancellor P. Rajendran described the new product as the result of a strong linkage between FACT and the KAU, two institutions of paramount importance in the agricultural scenario of the State. He called for more such collaboration and farm trials to enhance the productivity of other crops as well.

He said that the KAU, in addition to developing new varieties and technology, intended to strengthen collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, FACT, Kerala Agro Machinery Corporations Ltd (KAMCO), Kerala Agro Industries Corporation Ltd (KAICO) and other such agencies to design, formulate and popularise technologies and implements suitable for hi-tech agriculture and homestead farming.

Students and researchers of Agricultural Engineering would focus on developing devices for small-scale and homestead farming, he said. Dr. Rajendran said that a device suitable to reduce cost of operation involved in mound making for vegetable cultivation was developed by the Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering under the KAU.

The device, easily attachable to a mini tractor, could be used to make mounds/bunds for tapioca, ginger and colocasia.

The Vice-Chancellor inaugurated the specialised training in organic farming conducted for farmers from Odisha at the Central Training Institute of the KAU. The function was presided over by P.K. Chandrasekharan, director (Marketing), FACT.

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