NALBARI, June 19 - Mat nursery, a new technique to grow paddy seeds for mechanised transplantation, set up for the first time in Nalbari district has drawn attention of farmers as well as the public.
The Nalbari Krishi Vigyan Kendra with the collaboration of APART has set up five such mat nurseries to motivate farmers of the district to take up the new technique.
The Nalbari KVK provided the technical knowhow to farmers Nayanjyoti Baishya (Sathikuchi), Rupam Talukdar (Dhamdhama), Resma Akhtar (Bonpura), Bikash Boro (Borajhol) and Sanjiv Haloi (Sathikuchi) to set up such mat nurseries.
Talking to this correspondent, KVK chief scientist Dr Mridul Deka said that in the mat nursery, paddy seedlings could be transplanted with the help of transplanter machines. This type of mechanised process reduces the cost and time for farmers.
As there is a crisis of agricultural labourers, wide use of transplanter machines will help the farmers, and also encourage the youth to be involved in the agricultural sector, he said.
Nalbari Deputy Commissioner Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury recently visited a mat nursery in Sathikuchi village.