Brahmavar Zonal Agricultural and Horticultural Research Station has assisted farmers in adopting mechanised paddy production in farmland. The station has been developing ‘Chape Neji,’ a unique mat-based method for cultivating paddy seedlings.
MLA Raghupati Bhat shared in his Facebook post that “under Hadilu Bhoomi Krishi Aandolana (Agriculture in barren land movement) Brahmavar Zonal Agricultural and Horticultural Research Station are preparing Chapeneji (mechanised paddy mats). In Moodabettu mechanised paddy cultivation for 400 acres of farmland has been grown. For Chapeneji 15000 trays have been distributed by the station.
The station has prepared a seedbed with adequate soil and manure cohesion. It is then distributed to the farmers who have registered. The seedlings are transplanted to the paddy fields once the area has been tilled.
The farmers who were facing a shortage of labourers have benefited from this innovative initiative. Mechanised farming can help farmers raise their yield by 10% to 15%. Those who wish to benefit from mechanised farming will have to register with the station.
Youth are usually not interested in farming, mostly due to their perception of farming being antiquated and unprofitable. In this background, the innovation will definitely help draw more people, especially youth into agriculture.