Farm experts advise ryots to go for mechanised farming

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Kakinada, Aug 3 (UNI)Several agricultural scientists and experts, who addressed the Zonal research and extension advisory council meeting, today advised the farmers to go for mechnised farming in view of the farm workers shortage and also to achieve better results on the farm front.

They also stressed the need for adoption of modern agricultural practices to achieve optimum results and productivity.

NG Ranga Agriculture university Vice Chancellor P Raghava Reddy said that higher production could be achieved by using bio-technology and solar energy.

In the backdrop of food grains shortage facing the country, Dr Reddy said, the Government had constituted National Agricultural Security Mission and a target of 30 lac tonnes Paddy additional production was fixed for the current year.

'It could be achieved only when the average paddy production per acre was raised from the existing 27 bags per acre to 30 bags, he said advising the ryots to strive for achieving higher yields by protecting the existing fertile soils and raising crops suiting to the nature of the soils.

Associate Director of Research, P Satyanarayana Reddy asked the farmers to go for alternative cropping system after paddy so that optimum yields could be achieved.

LG Girirao, Director of Extension wing of the NG Ranga Agricultural University, wanted the ryots to adopt better water management practices and plant protection measures for achieving higher production on the farm front.

East Godavari District Collector Gopalakrishna Dwivedi called upon the scientists to conduct the research, suiting to the existing areas and different soils.

Mr Dwivedi offered to provide land for establishing new agricultural research stations, if any in the district.

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