Dhamra: To increase farmer’s production and income, Adani Foundation, the CSR arm of Adani Dhamra Port, Dhamra have undertaken 50.0 Acre paddy demonstration by adopting Integrated Crop Management (ICM) practice with the technical guidance of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and Department of Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment, Bhadrak in 13 villages of Dosinga, Kaithakhola, Jagula, Karanjamal, Karanpali & Balimunda GPs in the financial year 2021-22.
The Field Day & Crop Cutting was organized at Kuamara & Balimunda villages through the Farmers Field School training program. In this training program 38 small and marginal farmers of Balimunda GP actively participated and the farmers visited the demonstration field. The training program was presided by Mr. Girija Shankar Nayak, President, Mr. Chitta Ranjan Pradhan, Secretary and Mr. Bhavesh Giri, Treasurer of Maa Jahaj Mangala Farmers club formed in facilitation by Adani Foundation at Balimunda GP. At the outset, the paddy grower shared their experience by introducing of Truthful Level improved Kamini paddy seeds having 135-145 days crop duration & stem borer, white fly, aphids tolerance variety, suitable time for nursery raising & transplanting, use of balanced fertilizers in three splits, use of organic concentrates before transplanting, benefits by using of Mandawa weeder in three stages of demonstration paddy field etc. The two numbers Crop Cutting & Field day program was organized in the demonstration field of Sri Ashes Das, Kuamara village & Sri Girija Shankar Nayak, Balimunda village with an area of 25 Sq. Mt. each plot randomly selected to assume the expected yield over the demonstration plot. The crop was harvested, cleaned & measured among the farmers. The yield data recorded 19.2 & 21.2 Kg from 25 Sq. Mt and evaluated expected yield per acre shared among the farmers which comes to 30.72 & 34.24 quintal per acre after reducing 10% moisture content present in the grain.
Despite the week-long un-certain rainfall in October 2021 leading to massive water logging in the paddy field, 35 –58% yield enhancement has been recorded by the farmers during the harvesting in compared to traditional methods of paddy cultivation undertaken in the past. “We are encouraged and decided to adopt the SRI principles & technology in the next Kharif season 2022 and times to come ” – said Sri Girija Shankar Nayak, President, Maa Jahaj Mangal Farmers Club, Balimunda.