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Online Workshop for farmers on Direct Seeded Rice Organised by KVK Tarn Taran

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra working under the administrative control of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University organised online workshop on management of direct seeded rice on 30.07.2020. Thirty one farmers from district Tarn Taran, Ferozepur and Kapurthala participated in online programme. Dr Balwinder Kumar, Deputy Director (T), KVK, Tarn Taran welcome all the participants and highlighted the importance of direct seeded rice. He said that due to labour shortage for paddy transplanting owing to COVID-19, many farmers have adopted direct seeding of rice in Punjab including Tarn Taran district. He said that KVK expert are visiting the farmers’ field regularly to inspect direct seeded rice and giving guidance to the farmers in managing it. Dr. Simarjit Kaur, Senior Agronomist, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana was the lead speaker on the occasion. Dr Simarjit Kaur, Senior Agronomist discussed in detailed about the production technology and weed management in direct seeded rice. Dr Kaur elaborated about identification of weeds and choosing right herbicide according to particular weed. She said that the herbicide should be sprayed at ideal stage or at 2-3 leaf stage rather than allow weeds to develop followed by spray on later stages. The herbicides become ineffective once they established, so the right stage of spray is very much important. Dr Anil Kumar soil expert at KVK interacted with farmers on the aspect of fertilizer management. He especially focused on iron deficiency management in direct seeded rice. The farmers also interacted with experts on DSR especially on weed management.

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