Telangana ryots to take up third crop

With enhanced irrigation capacity, State now eyeing to transform rain-fed agriculture into commercial farming

By Author  |  Published: 3rd Jul 2020  12:05 amUpdated: 3rd Jul 2020  12:45 am
Researchers at PJTSAU say they have been developing 125 day maturing variety paddy and other short duration crops to match the short duration summer.

Hyderabad: The Green revolution in Telangana State will be complete with farmers taking up a third crop in summer. With the enhanced irrigation capacity, the State is now looking at a third crop transforming the rain-fed agriculture of the State to commercial farming.

“We are developing 125 day maturing variety paddy and other short duration crops to match the short duration summer,” R Jagadeeshwar, Director of Research, PJTSAU, told Telangana Today.

He said the State Agriculture department and the university have jointly set up “Diagnostic Teams” to look for insects and pests and also to advise farmers on climatic changes that have a bearing on the outcome of the crop. The university, on its part, is providing information to over 18 news channels, and sending messages to 6.5 lakh farmers every week through mobile phones.

Similarly, soil characterisation of all districts is being done where the soil nutrients, Ph value and organic matter in the soil will be informed to the farmer so that he can take an informed decision, he said.

The scientists at the university are also upbeat about the more than average rainfall that the State received so far. So far, the State received has 178 mm of rain against 93 mm for the corresponding period last year. The 34 per cent of excess rains will compensate any dry spell in between, they say. The State is poised to receive fair amount of rains till September, helping the farmers who are doing their bit for the success of regulated farming.

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