Wednesday, March 21, 2012
New Production record for Paddy - Nalanda, Bihar
Long time back we had a green revolution, it solved then existential problem of severe food shortage. After that, we took a long sleep. But in these days of disillusionment from other sectors there are some fine news coming again from Agriculture.
In Bihar, under the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) scheme yield of wet paddy has been recorded at 22.4 tonnes/ha and dry paddy at 20.16 tonnes/ha. According to the government reports, it surpassed the previous record of 19 tonnes/ha held by China.
In the world of ever shrinking farming area, rising cost of fertilizers and other inputs we need nothing less than an explosion in productivity to feed the burgeoning population. Not only that, it is quite important to give confidence to farmers. In order to convince them, we need to provide new verity of seeds, fertilizers and revolutionary cultivation methods, so that they will be able to increase the yield/ha.
When I was a kid, during summer vacation we used to wait for the harvest; after that paddy fields were free to us (till the rain). In this short period we used to create our own pitches for playing cricket. As we grow older, the space for playing started shrinking very fast. There were no more paddy fields for playing cricket!!!
So it is important to convince farmers that they can make profits by cultivating rice, wheat etc. National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) are indeed a good development in this direction. We need more schemes like this to sustain our food security. Hope that our mission to increase productivity will bear fruit very soon.
Photo Courtesy: US Agricultural Research Service, Wikipedia