Sambalpur, Dec 3 (UNI) Gitanjali, an indigenously developed scented paddy has brought hope among the farmers of Western Orissa, particularly in the rainfed area.
Experiment over 100 acres of land for the first time in Sambalpur district has been very successful, Deputy Director of Agriculture (DDA) D C Pal said.
According to him the plantation of this improved variety of scented paddy generating super fine rice (grade A) having tremendous market value both in national and international market, was made in Jamanakira, Kuchinda, Maneswar and Jujomura blocks.
He said farmers were so interested that they formed a progressive farmers association (PFA) to popularize this particular variety of paddy in their own area.
The new variety would not only provide more cash to the farmers but also enable them to get away from the traditional paddy cultivation, PFA President Nagendra Nayak and Secretary Sunil Kumar Pradhan said.
Gitanjali requires less fertilizer, less water and suits the climatic conditions of the forest regions, they said.
Mr Pal said besides the scented paddy, the agriculture department has also taken steps for crop diversification in these areas with yam (Khamba alu), pisciculture and arhar (pigeon pea).