An Innovative Water Saving Method Offers Solace to Small Farmers

The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, developed a hybrid variety of paddy, KRH-4, that has been cultivated by many farmers affected by the deficient rainfall. As per UAS-B authorities, the paddy variety, developed after several years of research and field trials, is expected to yield 7.8 tonnes a hectare, which is more than double the yield from traditional varieties. An article says:

Hundreds of farmers have expressed their willingness to cultivate KRH-4 paddy in over 5,000 acres of land in Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Tumkur, Shimoga and Ramanagaram districts.

One of the farmers who is cultivating the KRH-4 paddy variety in Matada Doddi village near Malavalli in Mandya district.

To promote the KRH-4 paddy, the UAS-B is cultivating the variety in 125 acres of land in various districts using the innovative and water saving method of System of Rice Intensification. Standing crop in most of the fields is in the ‘milky’ stage, which will be followed by grain-filling and maturity stages. UAS-B and V.C. Farm authorities have conducted live crop demonstrations in several villages in the six districts which were attended by hundreds of farmers cultivating traditional paddy varieties.

N. Shivakumar, a breeder at the Paddy Division at the V.C. Farm said that the cultivation of the variety in the 125 acres had been taken up in association with V.C. Farm, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and Karnataka State Seeds Corporation. Scientists at the Zonal Agricultural Research Station, V.C. Farm, are expecting that yield from the KRH-4 variety to be at least two times more than that from the other varieties.

This initiative marks a great innovation that helped small farmers facing the brunt of low rainfall. Stay tuned for more leading up to the upcoming Design Public Conclave.

* Photo Credit: The Hindu

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