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SUCCESS STORIES


VI. SUCCESS STORY (Seed cum fertilizer drill sowing Paddy)


Using zero tillage seed cum fertilizer seed drill three type of demonstration were organized in farmers holdings. The treatment effect of 1) seed drill sowing cum DAP fertilizer application 2) seed drill sowing without fertilizer application by seed drill were compared with the farmers method of broadcasting. The results of these experiment clearly indicates, a mean higher grain yield of 3830 kg/ha have been registered in seed cum fertilizer drill sowing treatment which was significantly higher when compared seed drill sowing and fertilizer broad casting 3223 kg /ha and farmers method of sowing 2799 kg/ha, which works out to 36 and 15% higher yield respectively. Seed cum fertilizer drill sown crop registered the highest. Harvest index of 51% comparable to 46% registered in farmers methods of sowing with the higher B:C ratio of 2.35.

The results of these demonstration clearly indicates that seed cum fertilizer drill sowing is one of the best option to increase the productivity of rainfed direct seed rice crop in the coastal district of Ramanathapuram with less seed rate of 75 kg / ha and minimum cost of labour for weeding.