Forum's advice to farmers
The Tamil Nadu Senior Agro Technologists Forum has advised farmers of Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts to plan their Samba cultivation according to weather forecasts, water availability and age of the varieties.
In a press release here today, the forum said it received a special ten-day weather forecast for Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam districts from Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System, Thailand.
As per the report dated October 2, 2012, there would be no rain up to October 6. However, from October 7-11 heavy rain was expected.
Accordingly, farmers of Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam districts were advised to complete the Kuruvai harvest, wherever the crop was in harvesting stage, before October 6.
Further, direct sowing could be done in dry soil with dry seed. Where river water was available, they could puddle the field, level it perfectly, and sow the sprouted seeds before October 6 .
Farmers had been advised to avoid sowing between October 7 and October 11 as the heavy rain may damage the sown seeds.
The release appealed to the farmers to avoid nursey sowing, and this would help us about 250 mm of water and the cost of raising nursery could be saved. Medium duration paddy variety could be sown up to first week of October.