Programme Conducted by FARMER HUB
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A team of scientists/researchers ascertained and assess the impact of Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and the problems/constraints being faced by farmers and affecting productivity and farmers’ income. The assessment was made by having on hand information collected through a designed questionnaire. The conclusions of observations of scientists are
• Use of improved variety and quality seed and planting material contributed in enhancing crop yield by 16.88 %.
• Use of bio-agents for seed treatment, seedling/nursery treatments along with bio-agents’ enriched compost could either sustain or give higher crop yield at par with crops grown with chemical fertilizers use.
• Organically grown agriculture produce have higher preference among consumers and fetched higher price up to 30 – 32 %, thereby increasing farmers’ income.
• Use of modern agriculture machinery and waste decomposer for in-situ crop residue management has contributed batter conservation of agriculture and in increasing crop yield by 5 to 10 %.
• Increased space (line to line) coupled with intercropping in sugarcane crop contributed in sustaining sugarcane yield at par with lesser space crop and in fetching additional income of Rs. 75,000 to 1,50,000 per acre from the crop grown (cucumber and long guard) in intercropping.
• Growing breeder potato seeds in insect proof net house by farmers could ensure disease free production of breeder potato seeds, which can be multiplied up to three years without deterioration of seed quality. Whereas, in open field, seed can be grown for one year only. Thus farmers’ income will be increased and will also reduce dependence of farmers on research institutions for availability of disease free seed.
• Non-availability of quality agriculture inputs, especially organic inputs at affordable cost.
• Dissemination of new technology.
• Non-availability of bio-pesticides for weed control.
• Non-availability of storage and processing facilities at village level.
• Non-availability of direct marketing linkage and dependence on Mandi for the sale of agriculture produce at lower price, sometime lesser than MSP.
• Variation up to four times between the price being paid to farmers and price being charged from consumers.
• Lack of financial support on easy terms.
• Lack of information about welfares schemes being implemented by central and state government.