Article Courtesy : The Hindu
With government giving thrust to direct sowing in Cauvery delta districts as part of the special package for samba, farmers of Thanjavur district have gone for direct sowing at many places utilising the widespread rainfall recorded in the district .
According to agriculture department officials, direct sowing has been carried out on nearly 250 hectares so far in Thiruvaiyaru and Orathanadu areas . “We expect direct sowing of samba on nearly 20,000 hectares out of the total 1, 25,000 hectares planned for the season. In other areas, cultivation would be carried out using community nurseries and System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method,” officials said.
In direct sowing, seeds are sown and allowed to grow in rain water. In Tiruvarur district , farmers have started direct sowing in Tiruvarur and Thiruthuraipoondi areas.
N.Dharumarajan, a farmer who has gone for direct sowing for the first time at Vandayar Iruppu village near Thanjavur, has done so on the basis of advice given by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines. "Instead of manual sowing, I used a multi-cropper for sowing the seeds. The crop has grown well and I hope to reap 50 bags of paddy per acre (60 kilos per bag) than the usual 30 bags," he said.