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Water can be saved under this method, says Vice-Chancellor
B.V. Patil, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, has called upon the farmers to change their method of cultivation for achieving high yields at low costs of production.
He was speaking at a programme, jointly organised by PI Industries Ltd., Gurgaon, and the University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, on Friday, to launch the direct paddy seeding machine developed by PI Industries Ltd.
“Directly seeded paddy crop consumes far less water, compared to transplanted paddy. There will be no difference in terms of output. By adopting the direct paddy seeding method, instead of transplanting, farmers can save water,” he said.
For producing one kg rice, about 4,500 litres of water was being used in India, while mere 50 litres of water was being used in developed countries, he added.
Switching from the transplanting method to direct paddy seeding was imperative, considering the water scarcity being faced in India, he said.
Expressing the hope that farmers would change their farming method from transplanting to direct seeding, Mr. Patil said, “Direct seeding was started in one acre of land at Bhimarayanagudi in Raichur district, three years ago, and now it has been extended to 60,000 acres.”
Mr. Patil said that his university would help the farmers in getting subsidies for purchasing direct paddy seeding machine.
Some farmers who had switched over direct seeding method shared their experiences.
R.D. Kapoor, chief executive officer of PI Industries Ltd.; D. Gurusiddaiah, Director, National Horticulture Board; B.K. Desai, Head of the Department of Agronomy, UAS, Raichur, and other senior agricultural scientists were present.