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Use seeds after chemical treatment, farmers told

Last modified April 28, 2015 13:06

Deccan Herald. New Delhi, 24 April 2015

In a bid to raise paddy productivity, Odisha government has stressed on chemical treatment of the seeds prior to sowing and introduction of drought-resistant and flood-prone varieties in calamity-prone Ganjam district in the Kharif season. At least 10 per cent increase can be ensured in the yield if the seeds are chemically treated before use, according to state's chief secretary Gokula Chandra Pati. Pati, who was here recently to review different projects of the district and strategy for Kharif-2015, asked agriculture officials to create awareness among farmers to use the seeds with chemical treatment. The government supplies the chemicals meant for treatment free of cost to farmers. Chances of attack of insects and disease in plants is minimised when the seeds are chemically treated, chief secretary said. He also asked the officers to introduce the seed varieties suitable for water-logging and drought situation under the seed-replacement scheme. Swarna Saguana - a new variety of paddy will survive in water-logging for around a fortnight, while Sahabhagi, another variety is identified as the drought-prone (this must be drought-resistant/tolerant KS) paddy seed, agriculture officials said.

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