Atmakur (Warangal): As a means to address the acute shortage of labour the agriculture scientists in the district were making serious efforts to popularise farm mechanisation.
It has been a common complaint among the farmers, particularly the paddy growers that they were facing difficulty in employing labour to execute works like transplanting, weeding and others. Many small and marginal farmers were also quitting farming as a result.
The District Agricultural Technology and Transfer (DATT) Centre has come forward to assist the farmers in this connection and has been introducing them to innovative technologies.
The DATT centre has offered to plough and transplant paddy seedlings using the latest equipment as part of its farmers education programme and to provide technical know-how.
The agriculture officials were doing this in about 200 acres land in the district on experimental basis employing Japanese technology and charging Rs 3,500 per acre. According to the farmers, transplanting paddy seedlings in one acre land requires Rs 6500 and a days’ time.
The transplanter used by DATT Centre takes just one hour to cover one acre land. “This saves time, money and labour,” informed the centre coordinator Dr R Uma Reddy during a field demo of the machine at Pulukurthy village in Atmakur mandal on Tuesday.
Uma Reddy told The Hans India that the DATT centre encouraging the farmers to form societies or Farmers Club so as to obtain loans to purchase paddy transplanters, harvesters and weeders at subsidized rates. The state government and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) were providing loans and subsidies to the farmers.
The state government has provided two transplanters to the DATT centre worth Rs 11 lakh each for conducting demos and to educate the farmers in the district.