Tech push to boost crop yield

FARM FRIENDS: Officials hand over a pump set to a group of farmers during a function at Digwadih football grounds in Dhanbad on Wednesday. Picture by Gautam Dey

Dhanbad: Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) on Wednesday organised a day-long meet to provide a platform to farmers, agriculture officers and banks so that farmers could take maximum benefit of government schemes meant for them.

The meet, held at Digwadih football ground, was attended by more than 300 villagers from 33 leasehold villages of Tata Steel, Jharia division.

Speaking on the occasion, Parimal Manjhi (50), a resident of Debogram village under Katras thana, said regular visits by TSRDS experts to their village to provide information on latest farming methods, high-quality seeds and motor pumps for irrigation have helped farmers to increase crop yield.

Majhi, a science graduate from Ranchi University, has been engaged in farming since his childhood and has always taken a lead in adopting the latest methods of farming for better productivity.

Ramkumar Ram (43), another farmer from Malkera area of Katras said, "we have been farming on an 8-acre plot for a long time. It was only recently productivity increased after we adopted the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method based on suggestions of TSRDS experts." He added that they have also started wheat cultivation on a 2-acre plot using the wheat intensification method.

TSRDS unit head Kaushik Das said, "we have been organising the meet since last year as part of our round-the-year activities to ensure inclusive growth of the area under which we provide pump sets for irrigation and high quality seeds to farmers of our leasehold villages. We also help them in allied activities such as fisheries by providing fingerlings," he added.

The unit head said they provided an 8HP pump set and two spray machines to a group of farmers during the meet. "Instead of providing support to individual farmers, we promote group activities and give motor pumps to a group for carrying out irrigation to ensure better monitoring and use of resources" said Das. He said an 8HP pump is sufficient to irrigate around 30 acres.


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