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SUCCESS STORIES


V. SUCCESS STORY ON GROUNDNUT SOWING BY SEED DRILL

The mean annual rainfall of Ramanathapuram district is 816 mm in which North East Monsoon contributes more than 60% of rainfall. Rainfall distribution is uneven and number of rainy days is also low. Under rainfed condition, the groundnut farmers have to utilize the soil moisture effectively for sowing. At that time the labour availability was low. Hence seed drill sowing was introduced through FLD programme in groundnut growing tracts of Ramnad like Manjakollai, Nainar Maraikan, Regunathapuram, Pottithattimadam, Kariyanenthal etc. Totally 50 ha were covered in this demonstration. Farmers were fully satisfied and convinced with this technology. They expressed their satisfaction during all our interactions from sowing to harvest. They listed out the following advantages of using seed drill over conventional method of country plough sowing during the "Field day" function.

  1. No undulation and hence even distribution of seeds was achieved
  2. Uniform germination due to maintenance of proper depth of sowing
  3. Optimal plant population was maintained
  4. Labour saving and time saving.

They also obtained better yield than in conventional method. Now in two villages, the farmers are ready to purchase new seed drill for taking up sowing in their own field in the ensuing seasons.