New paddy growing method draws attention of farmers


In an attempt to cut down input costs and ensure high yield in crop, a Nuvem-based NGO has initiated System Rice Intensification (SRI) program in the lush green fields of Nuvem village.
The exercise was implemented in the Gorvotte ward for the benefit of local farmers by Nuvem Charitable Trust with the assistance of Agriculture Department.
Agriculture officer Rajesh D’Costa along with Deputy Director Amancio Fernandes educated the farmers on how the system cuts down input costs of growing paddy and thereby ensuring high profitability on account of high yield in the crop.
Power point presentation along with a documentary of SRI system successfully implemented in Indonesia and Madagascar was presented by the Trust. The Trust said the farmers showed keen interest in implementing this high-yield method in the coming season of paddy cultivation.
The power point presentation was followed by practical implementation of the SRI technique in the adjacent field, where the farmers were shown with measuring systems how to grow the paddy at equal and measured distance to achieve a strong and healthy crop.
Trust Chairman Everson Vales thanked the Agriculture Department for showcasing this technique for the first time in Nuvem on the initiative of the NGO. “I want to assure the farming community to bring in new initiatives, which will kick start agricultural activities on a larger scale and minimize fallow land in Nuvem. Since agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy it is highly essential to lay high focus on mechanized farming so that the farmers get the high benefits of the modern techniques available,” he added. [H]