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The practicalities of using a transplanter

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: A class on how to use farm machinery, held on a paddy field at Mulavana, near here, on Thursday, met with a good response by farmers. The class, sponsored by the Agriculture Technology Management Agency, was conducted by the Sadanandapuram station of the Farming System Research Station (FSRS) of Kerala Agricultural University with support from the Kundara Krishi Bhavan.FSRS head and associate professor Bini Sam said the session was held to provide practical knowledge to farmers on how to operate the self-propelled diesel-powered transplanter.The transplanter plants seedlings in eight rows with spacing of 23.8 cm. The machine also has the facility to adjust the space. The practical session was demonstrated by personnel specially trained by the FSRS. The class is expected to result in the utilisation of a large part of farm machinery lying idle.Dr. Sam said lack of knowledge on proper and optimum use of the machinery was the major reason for it lying idle. As a prelude to the programme, 20 persons having a technical background were given preliminary training in operating farm machinery for 15 days. Ten of them were selected for advanced training of 20 days. It was those 10 persons who gave the practical demonstration to the farmers. Dr. Sam said the programme was funded by the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna. The next session would be on how to use the manually operated weeding machine. The farmers would also be trained on how to operate the combine harvester when it was time for the harvest.

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