Jagatsinghpur June 27(LocalWire) Most paddy farmers of the district returned the high-yielding seeds provided by the agricultural department.
Only 25 % farmers replaced the paddy seeds while the rest cultivated the seeds sown for the last five years as the department did not make them aware of the time taken to yield the crop.
Local farmers used Sarala , Puja 1818, CR 1018, Uphar, Barsha, Swarna paddy seeds because these varieties yield crop within 150 to 155 days.
Though, Odisha State Seeds Corporation released new variety of seeds like MPU 1079 in place of Puja 1818 the farmers were not aware of their yield and the time taken for the produce.
Babaji Charan Nayak, a farmer, said, ‘earlier, the department used to distribute free mini kits to farmers so that they could sow the seeds and be aware of the production days of the high yielding seeds.
But this year the concerned department did not provide any such kits to these farmers.’
Union ministry of agriculture launched Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India (BGREI) programme in the state to improve production of crops, especially rice but the new variety of seeds were not released through BGREI. Nor were there any long-term strategies chalked out for water and soil conservation.
Dibakar Nayak, a farmer said, ‘I have not replaced the traditional seeds.
I am continuing to cultivate Sarala and Puja varieties because I have not yet studied the performance of the new seed. I don’t want to depend on the seed supplied by OSSC.’
Zonal Manager, OSSC, Naba Kishore Sethy, confessed ‘we have released new variety of seeds like MPU 1079 and 1061 and also launched foundation seed ‘Kala Champa’ as certified seeds to the farmers but they have not accepted these new variety of seeds.’