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Improved technology adoption of Sali variety demonstrated

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, June 23 - In order that the farming sector adopts improved methods for greater yields, agricultural scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra here are wading into the paddy fields to demonstrate the improved technology to the farmers.

In a field demonstration, three scientists � Hemchandra Saikia, Chayanika Thakuria and Tilok Malakar paid a visit to the No.1 Kacharipathar village near here and demonstrated the improved technology adoption of Ranjit Sub-1 high yielding variety of Sali rice in the locality and inaugurated the transplanting ceremony of Ranjit Sub-1 in the farmer�s field of Mridul Hazarika with their practical intervention and demonstration.

Hemchandra Saikia, an expert in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management urged the gathered farmers to adopt improved agricultural technology in crop production by cultivating more than one crop in year and thereby they can enhance their production, productivity and income or profit from their agriculture and thus in the long run they can improve and sustain their standard of living, livelihood and their economic condition. He also advised the farmers to replace their rice varieties on a regular interval (after 3-4 years of cultivation) with some available high yielding suitable rice varieties. He cited that Assam Agricultural University Assam has developed 55 high yielding varieties of rice, 7 green gram varieties, 7 black gram, 2 lentil, 8 toria, 2 sesame, 8 sugarcane, 2 jute, 2 forage and 20 vegetables for the greater interest of the farming community of Assam in particular and economy in general.

Saikia further said that Ranjit Sub-1 and Swarna Sub-1 is now a very popular Sali rice variety developed, tested and demonstrated by Assam Agricultural University in Assam and it has the average potential yield capacity of 6.5-7.0 ton /ha (22 mann to 23 mann/bigha) in farmer�s fields of Assam. Even some farmers in the district are able to harvest more than 25 mann per bigha of rice land, he said.

The scientists of the Kendra urged the farmers to adopt improved agricultural technology and assured them of all technical knowledge and training for the purpose. The team also visited the Tamulikhat village in the district and had a successful interaction with the farmers in the rice field itself and requested them to adopt improved Sali rice cultivation in right time and place as per the advice of agricultural scientist.

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