Scheme for Rice Intensification (SRI) in paddy cultivation would ensure more profit for ryots, said Joint director for agriculture C Chinnasamy.
He said that the PWD is going to release water for 1.35 lakh acre in the Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) ayacut from the LBP dam on August 1 while water was released some days back for the old LBP ayacuts in Tadepalli-Arakkankottai and Kalingarayan canals.
During the present samba season, Co50,Samba Sub1, NLR 34449, TKM13, IR20, BPT 5204, ADT38, improved White Ponni seeds were being sold at subsidized price to ryots in agriculture depots.
Besides, Co6, Vamban 6 and 8 ulundu seeds, to be cultivated in the bunds of paddy fileds, were also kept for sales.
The SRI method would raise the yield by 20 percent. Around 3-5 kg seeds per acre alone needed under the method and just 1 acre of nurseries were enough for 1 acre.
The water need under the method would be 30 per cent less. The government was givng Rs 2000 per acre for machine plantation.
Due to adequate gap between one plant to another, aeration would be more and pest and rat attack would be less.
So, the cost of production would be less. They ryots can approach the agriculture extension centres in their area to get more technical data of SRI to get more yield and profit, he advised.