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Nursery preparation for paddy cultivation begins

Paddy seeds are sown in trays at a farm field in Gobichettipalayam block in Erode district.

Paddy seeds are sown in trays at a farm field in Gobichettipalayam block in Erode district.   | Photo Credit: Handout_e_mail

Nursery preparation for paddy is in full swing at Gobichettipalayam block as officials has asked the farmers to opt for machine planting to increase productivity by a minimum of 20%.

Water from Kodiveri anicut that is released into Thadapalli and Arakankottai canals help in irrigating 24,505 acre while water from the Bhavani Sagar Reservoir that is released into Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) canal helps in irrigating around 5,000 acre in the area. Paddy is cultivated in 30,000 acres in the block as the area turns green throughout the year. However, due to poor storage at the reservoir in the past years, paddy cultivation could not be carried out properly. Currently, water was released in the second week of August in these canals as farmers began the activities.

Nursery preparation is currently under way at farm lands where the seed is allowed to grown in trays for 15 days after which the sapling is transferred into the main land using machines. Paddy varieties, ASD 16, BPT 5204, CO 50, CO 51 and Swarna Sub are commonly cultivated in the block and hence 32 tonne seeds are available at the block extension centre and agriculture offices at Gugalur and Vellankovil villages, said the officials at the Department of Agriculture. Also fertilizers and Urad Dal that is sown in furrow are available at subsidised price at these centres, they added.

Joint Director of Agriculture K. Premalatha along with Assistant Director of Agriculture V. Jeevadayalan (Gobichettipalayam) and Assistant Agriculture Officers Raja and Visalatchi inspected the farming activities and held discussions with the farmers. Mrs. Premalatha asked farmers to opt for paddy transplanter as it would improve productivity and also reduce the cost of cultivation. It solves the problem of labour shortage, space management between crops and issues in planting saplings, she added.

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