Research trials on drip fertigated rice must be tested in Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram districts. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) will take up such feasibility trials on drip fertigated rice in semi-dry areas with the support of Netafim company, Vice-Chancellor of TNAU K. Ramasamy said here recently.

Speaking at the three-day international conference on ‘Drip Fertigation in Rice’ organised jointly by the Water Technology Centre of TNAU, which was attended by delegates from the U.S., China, Japan, Israel and Thailand, he suggested that the company could think of paying the anticipated profit to be earned from the crop to farmers well in advance as an insurance.

“The insurance will attract more small farmers. Taking up innovation feasibility studies at the farmers’ field will motivate farmers to innovate more. This strategy can bring about a win-win situation between farmers and corporates. Agricultural innovations cannot be replicated elsewhere without suitable reinventions or local modifications to suit Indian farming systems and socio-economic conditions of farming community,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

K. Palanisami, Director, International Water Management Institute, Hyderabad, urged the need to assess the suitability of drip fertigation in rice technology before it was recommended to farmers in any particular locale. He called for the need to do a geographical mapping of drip fertigated rice technology.