Collector Siddharth Jain taking a look at farm equipment at Kondropolu near Tadepalligudem on Tuesday.— Photo: A.V.G. Prasad
Paddy sown by using drummers and mechanized planters to overcome shortage of farm hands.
Collector Siddharth Jain was impressed by the modern farm practices at Kondropolu, a delta village under Tadepalligudem mandal in West Godavari district, during a visit to the place on Tuesday.
The farmers here adopted non-traditional paddy cultivation methods in sowing by using drummers and mechanized planters in a bid to overcome shortage of farm hands and cut down the increasing cost of cultivation. Paddy plantation through the non-conventional method took place in more than half of the total area under paddy of 4,000 ha in the village. The Collector learned from the farmers that the modern method helped them reduce manpower and water consumption.
Shorter harvest period
Additionally, the new method is expected to lower the harvesting duration by 7-10 days in the current rabi. The traditional method of raising seedbeds and transplantation requires more mandays, which increases the cultivation costs and makes growers stressful at times of acute labour crisis.
The daily wages in the peak period of paddy operations range between Rs 250 and Rs 300 per head, per day.
They said that paddy cultivation through modern methods by way of avoiding labour-intensive and cost-intensive traditional practices of raising nurseries had brought down the cost of cultivation by Rs 5,000 per ha. V.D.V. Krupadas, Joint Director, Agriculture Department, said that it was decided to encourage non-conventional paddy cultivation in at least 55,000 ha out of 1.85 lakh ha of the total paddy area in rabi in the district. The Collector highlighted the need to intensify the drive for mechanization in agriculture at a fast pace.
- Collector learns that the modern method helped farmers reduce manpower and water consumption
- Additionally, the new method is expected to lower the harvesting duration by 7-10 days