Saguku Samayatham (Pre-kharif campaign 2019) at Ibrahimpur, an adopted village of ARS, Tornala on 03-06-2019

Saguku Samayatham (Pre-kharif campaign 2019) at Ibrahimpur, an adopted village of ARS, Tornala on 03-06-2019

A pre-kharif campaign (Saguku Samayatham) was organized by ARS, Tornala at Gram Panchayath building of it’s adopted village Ibrahimpur, Siddipet rural mandal, Siddipet district on 03-06-2019. The meeting was organized by Dr. A.V. Ramanjaneyulu, Sr. Scientist (Agro) & Head, Ms. E. Umarani, Scientist (Pl. Br.) and Mrs. A. Saritha, Scientist (Pl. Br.) from ARS, Tornala. Mr. M. Rajesh, AEO, Ibrahimpur village, Mr. Devaiah, Sarpanch, Ibrahimpur village, Mr. K. Nagesh Reddy, President of Rythu Samanvaya Samithi (RSS) and many farmers from the village have participated in the programme.

At the outset, Ms. E. Umarani, Scientist (Pl. Br.), ARS, Tornala has welcomed the scientists of ARS, Tornala and officials of Department of Agriculture, President of Rythu Samanvaya Samithi and farmers for the pre kharif campaign. Sr. Scientist (Agro.) & Head, ARS, Tornala explained about the importance of the meeting. Later, Mr. M. Rajesh, AEO, Ibrahimpur, gave an overview of soil types and water resources, crops grown and area sown particulars.

In an interaction between farmers and scientists, the following issues were discussed:

  • Cultivation of rice varieties viz., IR 64 and MTU 1010
  • Introduction of millet crops especially Andu kora (Brown top millet)
  • Wilt disease and Maruca pest in redgram
  • Growing of PRG-176 and Asha varieties in redgram and associated problems
  • Cultivation of vegetables

Subsequently, Sr. Scientist (Agro.) & Head, ARS, Tornala has advocated the farmers to follow the aspects detailed below:

  • Green manuring with Dhaincha/sunhemp/greengram during June and insitu incorporation of the same at 50% flowering stage, atleast 10-15 days before transplanting paddy in main field, to improve soil carbon, organic matter and fertility
  • Grow Bathukamma variety instead of MTU-1010 for better yields in kharif and avoid effect of hailstorms in rabi
  • Addition of tank silt (100 tonnes/ha)/Farm yard manure/poultry manure/vermi compost to the fields so that it helps in better moisture retention besides improving the soil fertility
  • Intercropping of pigeonpea in cotton and maize in 1:4 ratio on rainfed red chalka soils to assure the farmers minimum returns even in the event of prolonged dryspells
  • Grow short duration and moderately resistant (wilt) redgram variety WRG-65 instead of PRG-176 and Asha varieties to avoid wilt and adverse effect of terminal dry spell, respectively
  • Give one or two life saving irrigations either from borewells/farm ponds at critical stages like maximum vegetative stage/tasselling/silking stages in maize; square formation/flowering/boll formation in cotton; pre-flowering and pod development in pigeonpea depending on the occurrence of dry spell of more 10-15 days, in order to enhance crop yield by 30-50%
  • All the agronomic operations starting from land preparation, sowing and others must be done across the slope in order to conserve moisture and reduce erosion of soil and water
  • Ridge and furrow or dead furrows must be made in all rainfed crops so as to conserve moisture and overcome the impact of drought on rainfed crops’ performance

He also informed the gathering that ARS, Tornala will organize awareness programmes on fall army worm (FAW) in Maize and pink boll worm (PBW) in Cotton in another 10-15 days time at Ibrahimpur village. He also informed that exposure visits to Centre of Excellence, Jeedimetla will be conducted to expose the farmers to latest techniques in cultivation of vegetables. Furthermore, a rain guage will be installed in the village so as to issue rainfall based advisories to the farmers. The programme was ended with the vote of thanks.