Field day on sali paddy organized in North Lakhimpur
The programme was initiated under World Bank funded APART to create awareness on Stress Tolerant Rice Varieties of Sali paddy
LAKHIMPUR: Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), North Lakhimpur organized a field fay on sali paddy under Learning Centre Demonstration at Gorchiga and Solmora villages on Friday. The programme was initiated under World Bank funded Assam Agri-business and Rural Transformation Project (APART).
The agenda of the programme kick-started with the inaugural speech by Dr.Y. Das, Junior Scientist, RARS, North Lakhimpur. In her speech, she said that the main objective of organizing the field day was to create awareness on Stress Tolerant Rice Varieties of Sali paddy like Ranjit Sub 1, Bahadur Sub 1, Swarna Sub 1 and Bina Dhan 11 and to show their performance in comparison with local varieties to fellow farmers of the locality. Dr. Pinky Pathok, Project Associate, APART, RARS, North Lakhimpur, highlighted the mechanical method of rice cultivation compared with traditional method in terms of reducing time, energy and costs in producing per unit of output.
In the same programme, a yield estimation method, that is crop cutting was conducted to record different yield attributing characters. "Crop cut is a yield estimation method from a unit area. By using this technique, average yield can be calculated for any crop growing in a particular season. Several qualitative as well as quantitative characters were recorded for the Stress Tolerant Rice Variety, Ranjit Sub 1 i.e. Average number of tiller/hill, Average number of filled and unfilled grain, Average plant height, Days to maturity, etc. The average yield estimated from the crop cut method was found to be 51.25 qtl/ha. The grain moisture content at the time of harvest was around 16 per cent", stated Pinky Pathak while addressing the farmers. Attending the programme, beneficiary farmers along with fellow farmers showed satisfaction in growing the variety due to higher yield, non lodging and stress tolerant characteristics. They mentioned that the performance of var. Bahadur Sub 1 was better as compared to local varieties growing in the surrounding area, thus, gaining popularity among the farmers of the district.