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Technology to the grass roots: Paddy transplanter demonstration at Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam, in Tuticorin district on Friday.
Technology to the grass roots: Paddy transplanter demonstration at Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam, in Tuticorin district on Friday.

Staff Reporter

A demonstration of paddy transplanter conducted under National Agricultural Development Programme

Tuticorin: Agricultural College, Killikulam, affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, in coordination with Department of Agriculture, Tuticorin organized a demonstration of paddy transplanter under National Agricultural Development Programme.

To promote SRI

The programme was launched with the motive of promoting the system rice intensification in all cultivable lands and to overcome the labour shortage being encountered in system rice intensification planting with the aid of new machineries.

The benefits of system rice intensification are low seed rate per acre, approximately, 3 kilogram per acre.

S. Sankaran, Executive Engineer, Agriculture Engineering Department, Tuticorin said that the programme was aimed at disseminating information on farm machinery comprising two types of agricultural implements and machineries.

The primary type, meant for introduction of newly developed agricultural implements was sponsored by the government of Tamil Nadu under National Agricultural Development Programme with a subsidy of 50 per cent for machinery cost.

The secondary type dealt with the existing conventional type of machinery with a subsidy of 25 per cent and the gender friendly equipment with the subsidy of 75 per cent, he said.

In Tuticorin district farmers were informed that they could obtain paddy transplanter, power weeder and thisel plough with subsidy of 50 per cent and remaining equipments like power tiller, rotovator, cultivator and disc plough could be obtained with the subsidy of 25 per cent.

Benefits

As for benefits of the paddy transplanter, Mr. Sankaran explained that 8 – row planting could be executed at a time with the adjustment of spacing of rows and plants, one cent nursery done per acre and one seedling per hill. With the help of machinery, planting of 4 acres could be executed within 10 hours paving the way for pruning down 50 per cent of manual labour cost, he said.

Minimised labour cost and optimum plant population could be attained with the maximum crop yield when there is a simultaneous land preparation and nursery raising, he added.

Japanese model

The transplanter on demonstration was a Japanese model named ‘YANSI SAKTHI’ Paddy Transplanter. The machinery costs about Rs. 1.5 lakh. An amount of Rs.70,000 would be given under the NADP subsidy and the rest had to be borne by the farmers, Mr. Sankaran informed.

Collector R. Palaniyandi has sent a proposal to the State government for the purchase of combined harvester at a total cost of Rs.16 lakh. He said the novel approach of mechanised farming would help improve the cultivation and create a suitable climate for the farmers.

Interested farmers can approach S. Sankaran, Executive Engineer, Agriculture Engineering Department, Tuticorin, and Assistant Executive Engineers in Tuticorin, Kovilpatti and Tiruchendur, for getting machineries under National Agricultural Development Programme at subsidized rates.

About 250 farmers from Pudukottai, Srivaikundam, Karunkulam, Alwarthirunagari and Tiruchendur benefited from the mechanized cultivation programme. P. Vivekanandan, Dean, Agricultural College, Killikulam, C. Vijaya Kumar, Joint Director of Agriculture, Tuticorin, S. Devasahayam, Deputy Director of Agriculture, S. Sankaran, Executive Engineer, I. Joseph, Agricultural Officer, Quality controller, were present.

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