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Community paddy nursery as a contingency measure for delayed planting

 

   

 

 

Short duration crop varieties suitable for late sowings

Transplanted paddy is cultivated in the lowlands of Bihar. Paddy is often the only option available to farmers in the lowlands as it can withstand water stagnation due to high rainfall unlike other crops. Farmers’ raise nursery of long duration paddy varieties (150 days) after the onset of monsoon in mid June.



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Short duration finger millet varieties for delayed monsoon / deficit rainfall districts in south interior Karnataka

Finger millet is an important staple rainfed crop in south interior Karnataka. A sizable area under finger millet is also cultivated with limited irrigation during kharif. Long duration varieties with higher productivity such as MR-1 and MR-6 are grown with irrigation facility by farmers. Although sowing of finger millet can be taken up from 2nd week of June to end of August, productivity with long duration varieties goes down with delayed planting especially under rainfed situations.

 

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Pulse and oilseed crops are predominantly grown under rainfed conditions. Increasing frequency of rainfall changes leading to early, mid and late season droughts is affecting the production of these crops grown under resource constrained situations with consequent effect on livelihoods of poor farmers.



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Rejuvenation of farming in cyclone and flood prone coastal agro-ecosystems through land shaping

The coastal region of West Bengal is ecologically vulnerable to the vagaries of climate variability such as cyclones and floods. These extreme events play havoc with agriculture and livelihoods of farmers. One such event in the recent past was the occurrence of the super cyclone 'Aila' on 25th May, 2009.


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