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Foliar fertilisation gaining ground in Ramanathapuram district

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More output: Farmers applying foliar fertilisation in a field at Perunazhi near Sayalkudi in Ramanathapuram district. — Photo: L. Balachandar
More output: Farmers applying foliar fertilisation in a field at Perunazhi near Sayalkudi in Ramanathapuram district. — Photo: L. Balachandar

Foliar Fertilisation, which has been touted as one of the best options to increase productivity in certain crops, has been becoming popular in Ramanathapuram district.

Under the method, the liquid solution derived from the mix of DAP and water, which have to be kept for a minimum of 12 hours before the application, will be sprayed on leaves of millets by usual sprayers at the flowering stage. It facilitates the leaves, flowers and fruits to get needed nutrients very quickly than they get from roots. It is said that it helps the plants particularly leaves and fruits to grow healthy so as to increase the production.

“We are badly in need of increasing the production of pulses and millets so as to meet the demand. Hence, the focus is on not only to increase the cultivable areas of pulses and millets but also to increase production. Foliar fertilisation is one among the techniques to boost productivity,” says Collector T.N. Hariharan.

The foliar fertilisation has been taken up by many farmers in and around Perunazhi region, as the current condition of soil, which is wet due to the current rain, is conducive for the application.

N. Sathiamoorthy, Joint Director of Agriculture, said it had been decided to bring 2500 acres in the district under the foliar fertilization during the current year. The farmers had been given Rs.250 per acre for buying 4 kg of DAP and meeting the overhead cost for the foliar application. Many farmers had come forward to use the technique.

K. Sakthimohan and Rajendiran, Deputy Directors of Agriculture, P. Vanniarajan, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Kamudhi, said though basel application of fertilizers was needed for healthy growth of millet crops, the foliar fertilization would give instant result at the time of flowering stage. It was expected that the production would increase 20 per cent more than usual.

Z. Kamaludeen, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Thiruppulani, said as many as 50 acres had been brought under the foliar fertilization in Thiruppulani block.

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