| Farmers attend the Krishi Vikas Utsav in Motihari. Picture by Ajit Kumar Verma |
Motihari, May 22: Farmers of Champaran are set to adopt the system of rice intensification to meet the target set by chief minister Nitish Kumar to help Bihar become self-dependent.
To achieve the target set by Nitish for a second green revolution to make Bihar self-dependent and provide at least one product of the state in the dish of every Indian in days to come, the farmers of Champaran were advised to take up the system of rice intensification that will help in multiple growth in paddy product during this Kharif season.
The rice intensification system doubles and at times, trebles rice production. It will be implemented in all 38 districts of the state.
District agriculture officer of East Champaran, Dharamveer Pandey said: “Krishi Vikas Utsav will be organised at the headquarters of all the 27 blocks of the districts between May 19 and June 5.” The utsav was inaugurated in Motihari on May 19 at Krishi Bhavan by district magistrate of East Champaran Abhijit Sinha.
Sinha also flagged off the Kisaan Vikas Rath, which would pass through most of the villages of all the blocks before June 5 to create awareness among farmers of Champaran about the recent technology that will assure multiple growth of the farm product through the rice intensification method.
Sinha told the farmers to adopt the new farming method to achieve an encouraging output from their produce. He also distributed farm kits to the farmers who were selected to get a demonstration of the system of rice intensification method in their field.
Deputy director of agriculture, Gulab Yadav, asked the farmers to begin the new process in presence of the agriculture department officials. He said if the farmers adopt the new method of farming the yield would double.
The rice intensification system would cover 2,470 acres apart from the total cultivation of hybrid paddy variety in 10,083 acre. “The government, for the current Kharif season, gave around 604.98 quintal of seeds to the farmers,” Pandey said.