Agriculture dept urges soyabean farmers to reuse produce as seeds for subsequent season

2020/10 08 17:10

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas
| Pune |

October eight, 2020 11:16:15 pm

maharashtra agricultural department, maharashtra soyabean farmers, maharashtra soyabean seed failure, maharashtra soya bean seeds, indian express newsFarmers usually require 100 kg (1 quintal) of seeds for sowing over one hectare (2.5 acres). (Representational)

Inundated with lakhs of complaints of soyabean seed failure this yr, the state Agriculture division has began advising farmers to protect part of their produce in order that it may be used as seed for subsequent season. Since soyabean is an open-pollinated selection plant, farmers can acquire and reuse it as seeds for the subsequent season’s crop. This observe additionally helps farmers cut back their cultivation prices considerably.

Farmers usually require 100 kg (1 quintal) of seeds for sowing over one hectare (2.5 acres).

The Agriculture division has really helpful that farmers determine the perfect of their crop and re-use them as seeds for 3 steady years, earlier than shopping for new ones. Previous to sowing, the seeds ought to be handled to keep away from germination failure.

This season, early sowing had failed to assist soyabean farmers as almost 20 per cent of them had reported germination failure, as a result of elements corresponding to insufficient soil moisture and inferior high quality of seeds.

The state authorities had acquired complaints from a whopping 1.eight lakh farmers, and subsequently, 83 FIRs had been filed in opposition to seed corporations. As many as 11 corporations misplaced their licence over poor high quality of seeds.

The strict motion in opposition to seed corporations had prompted lots of them to stop their operations within the state. As almost 70 per cent of the seed market is serviced by the personal sector, this had raised considerations about whether or not enough quantity of seeds can be out there for the subsequent season.

To deal with such considerations and forestall mass germination failure, the state Agriculture division is now attempting to influence farmers to protect their seeds for reuse within the subsequent season.

Taluka and village-level agriculture officers have began visiting fields and serving to farmers take correct steps to determine and protect seeds. Farmers who need to reuse their seeds are skilled on the way to determine the perfect crops for doing the identical. “All they should do is to make sure the humidity stage within the seeds is managed and the seeds are handled earlier than they’re saved,” stated an Osmanabad-based officer of the Agriculture division.

Earlier than the harvest, farmers are suggested to combine fungicides and guarantee gradual threshing to keep away from harm to the seeds. The seeds are put in jute luggage and saved on an elevated platform to stop seepage of moisture

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