The system of intensification (SRI) methodology is gaining popularity in the district as the agriculture department has resolved to implement the technique on 87,500 acres out of 1.25 lakh acres where samba crop cultivation usually takes place in the district.
At the same time, the agriculture department has nominated a dedicated assistant agriculture officers each for 84 revenue villages, under the ‘Whole village’ scheme, to switch the cultivation method to SRI from traditional methods.
“Under the scheme, farmers from Thiruverumbur taluk have completed transplantation of paddy in 8,775 acres with SRI scheme this samba season, out of 10,115 acres where the process of transplantation had been completed. The normal area of samba paddy cultivation in Thiruverumbur taluk is 18,350 acres,” the joint director of agriculture K Balraj said.
“Kuvalakudi, Natarajapuram, Theneripatti, Asoor, Keelakuruchi and Vengur have been selected under the scheme in Thiruverumbur taluk,” the joint director added.
R Srinivasan, 56, a progressive farmer from has cultivated paddy using SRI methodology on 13 acres in the district. “For paddy, SRI is the best method to get high yield,” he said. Srinivasan was the first to successfully take up cultivation by adopting SRI in Trichy. “It has proved that it is the best-ever method to earn more,” he added. He adopts the same method for pulses too.
“The system is an effective method to overcome the looming water crisis as paddy is a water intensive crop. As the method has been proven to be the best for good yield in rice production, adopting the method is the need of the hour,” district collector K Rajamani said.
“As per the field experiments conducted to compare rice production using modified methods of irrigation, planting, weeding and nutrient management against conventional methods, SRI has proven to be the better option,” the collector said, appealing farmers to adopt the method for better production while having to spending less.
To divert pests and insects away from paddy crops, agriculture officials have advocated bund cropping. “Planting a variety of flowering plants will attract pests and insects away which pose threat to paddy crops,” the collector added.