Thursday, February 13, 2014
Tamil Nadu: Farmers learn about new planting method that saves them labor and water
MTNPR is a crop establishment method that can lower labor and energy needs as well as the amount of water needed for land preparation.
The director of the Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute (TRRI) cited labor and water scarcity as major challenges for rice farmers in the Cauvery Delta and pointed to MTNPR as a probable alternative strategy to overcome these.
The head of the Soil and Water Management Research Institute in Thanjavur, where the field day was held, added that because MTNPR takes less time to do than conventional methods, it would thus make crop establishment possible within the recommended planting window. It also reduces input costs for labor, energy, and water in the range of US$120 per hectare.
Farmers who had adopted these methods in their fields and had moved into providing services for crop establishment also shared about their experience with other farmers.
The event was also attended by university scientists, agricultural extension officers, agricultural service providers, and representatives of NGOs and other organizations.