Enhancing Production using Profitable Rice-based Cropping System
Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity- Phase II
June 21, 2013 | Sonitpur, Assam

The livelihood and sustenance of thousands of families in Assam, a region with low labor costs and high rainfall, depend on the production of rice. The most dependent are the smallholders and their families so much so that the yield in each season is significant enough to determine the well-being of a family for a couple of months. Cognizant of the impact of a good yield over a significant populace in Assam, the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), under its Technology Dissemination and Income Improvement Activity (TDIIA) conducted an awareness-cum-training workshop titled “Profitable rice based cropping system” at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Sonitpur, Assam on 21 June, 2013. Conducted in association with Assam Agricultural University (AAU) the workshop sensitized the farmers on improved farming methods to enhance the production of rice while retaining soil’s moisture and nutrients.

Farmers, rural youths, agricultural experts, private partners and faculty from KVK, Sonitpur and AAU attended the workshop. Dr. M. Neog, Associate Director of Extension Education (ADEE) and Dr. K. K. Sharma, Chief Scientist, Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), North Lakhimpur spoke to the participants, especially the rural youths, on the need to take up farming as a vocation. Dr. Neog underlined the importance of promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in agriculture, technology transfer and commercialization.

Dr. Sharma discussed the benefits of intercropping rice with lathyrus (a high-yielding drought-resistant legume) suitable for the zone to enhance yield. Dr. P. K. Sarma, Chief Scientist, AICRP on Dryland Agriculture, Biswanath Chariali delivered his lecture on “INM and crop residue management to improve soil health and soil nutrient status”. He underlined the significance of efficient use of chemical fertilizer for sustaining soil health and the use of different compost and biofertilizer for a sustainable rice production system. He also described the use of different crop residues like banana pseudostem, rice/toria/sesame straw etc. for different purposes like compost making, mulching, in situ incorporation in the field etc.

Ms. Mahima Begum, SMS (Agronomy) and Mrs. Popy Bora, SMS (Plant Protection) KVK, Sonitpur highlighted the benefits of selecting appropriate rice varieties and introducing pulses and the crucial role of integrated pest management (IPM) systems in rice-based cropping system. Ms. Mahima spoke on the benefits of converting monocropping practices to complex/diverse rotations involving green manure crops, thus ensuring efficient use of land to grow rice and other pulses. Mrs. Bora spoke on eco-friendly management of pests and diseases and production potential of rice-toria cropping sequence. She discussed the significance of IPM and the ill effects of injudicious use of chemical pesticide on human health and environment.

At the end of the workshop, during an interactive session between private partners, experts and farmers, the farmers expressed their concerns on several aspects of farming. They were advised on ways of enhancing their income and making an efficient use of the resources. Md. Shorab Ali Hazarika, a progressive farmer from Kurukani village, spoke on the issues faced by the farmers in marketing their products. Agricultural experts and private partners motivated the farmers to work in sync with organizations, which would not only develop the agricultural sector but also benefit the farmers in the long run.

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