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Varieties suggested for paddy crop in flood-hit areas

TOUGH ONE: A paddy field in Bhattiprolu mandal that weathered the recent Krishna floods.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar.

Ramesh Susarla

Farmers can take expert opinion on soil conditions

BAPATLA (GUNTUR DT.): Farmers in Nalgonda, Guntur and Krishna districts, who lost their paddy or other crops, but have suitable agro-climatic conditions for raising a paddy crop, can plan for a late kharif or early rabi crop, opine the Bapatla Rice Research Centre experts. The Bapatla Centre, known for developing several varieties for different agro conditions, also suggests varieties based on the agro-economic value of the produce, which is the key factor in agriculture these days.

The selection of varieties has boiled down to price offered for varieties depending on the demand for a particular variety and other factors have taken a beating. Keeping these factors in mind, the Research Centre Principal Scientist Ch. Pulla Rao told The Hindu on Tuesday that the kharif conditions were coming to a close, hence varieties suitable for rabi were being suggested.

Those farmers, who had lost their crops in the Krishna Agro-Climatic Zone, could take an expert opinion from Agriculture Department on the soil conditions specific to their villages and depending on the salinity and other factors choose one from the number of high-yielding varieties. “If normal kharif varieties were sown, it could lead to sharp drop in the yields as by now kharif climatic conditions were over,” he said.

Varieties that were suitable for rabi in the areas where water could be assured on an average up to 125 to 150 days beginning November first week were being suggested now, he said. Among the suggested varieties were of short duration rice seeds like MTU 1001 (Vijeta) - 145 days, MTU 1010 - 120 days suitable for rabi, NLR Sannalu (Swarnamukhi) - 145 days, JGL 384 (Polasaprabha) 130 days, BPT 5204 would give low yield and disease attack could be there, he said. Alternative for BPT was BPT 2231 variety, which was pest-resistant and high-yielding (45 bags per acre); but price offered by millers may be low, but recovery from milling was very high.

Main advice

The scientist’s main advice is to look for three aspects - soil condition, time schedule, agro-climatic conditions at local area, and most important availability of water. If the regular rabi is sown, availability of water till March also needs to be taken into consideration and time loss would delay the economic recovery process for the farmers. He said for any further expert advice, farmers could contact him over phone No: 9908568406.or land line: 08643 225901.