Training on paddy sowing using drum seeding technology conducted

A one-day training programme on cost-effective sowing of paddy using drum seeding technology was held at the campus of the Regional Research Station of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University on Thursday.

K. Rajan, Joint Director, Agriculture, inaugurated the training and urged the farmers to use biofertilizers in their fields. He also appealed to the farmers to remove unwanted weeds once in 15 days without fail and test the soil before sowing any crop, as it will help them get the desired results.

A. Krishnamoorthy, Joint Registrar, Cooperative Department, said the government had decided to disburse Rs. 75 crore as crop loan, Rs. 6 crore as medium term loan and Rs. 2 crore for drip irrigation.

He assured the farmers that the department was ready to extend credit for purchase of drum seeder and cono-weeder at subsidized rate provided it was approved by the Agriculture Engineering Department.

Good prices

In his presidential speech, A.K. Mani, Professor and Head, RRS, Paiyur said the farmers should unite in their efforts to get good prices for their produce in the market and at the same time against exploitation by the traders and middlemen. He suggested to the farmers to remove unwanted weeds on day 10, 25 and 45 from the date of sowing the crops.

V. Thirumalai, Assistant General Manager, NABARD explained various schemes offered by the bank for the betterment of the farming community.

M.N. Buddhar, Professor (Agronomy) said the drum seeding technology was a cost-effective method. It freed farmers from nursery preparation, pulling out seedlings, transporting and transplanting and saved 25 to 30 per cent of the cultivation cost.

He said the method had succeeded in countries like Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

About 500 farmers would be benefited by the training programme.

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