Age: 62 years
Education: Diploma (Engineering)
Landholding: 18 acre
Farming experience: 35 years
Crops grown: Sugarcane, wheat, soybean and maize
Livestock:Cows (200 ), buffaloes (100 ) and backyard poultry
Vice President of Farmers’ Club Member of Block Technology Team (Rahata), Member of ATMA, Ahmednagar
Shri Subhash Divanchand Karir
A/p Hasnapur, Taluq Rahata, District Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
(Phones. : 02422-273511, 09271940320)
Description of innovation
Shri Subhash, a member of Innovative Farmers’ Club, established by KVK, Ahmednagar, during 1996 has developed a method of in-situ trash composting. In ratoon sugarcane, he placed trash in between cane rows and then applied on spot chemical fertilizers in the form of briquette, 10-15 cm near the cane stumps followed by 10-12 tonnes of press-mud on the trash. After 15 days,10kg decomposed microbial culture mixed with cow-dung was applied on trash and irrigated with sprinkler irrigation for 2 to 3 months. With the help of special type of tool called Pahar trash was placed. This tool is made from the porous MS pipe having 2 inch diameter and 5 feet length. The lower side of the pipe is pointed. The round MS plate was fitted 15 cm above the bottom side of the tool so that the placement is at 10 to 15 cm in the soil.
Practical utility of innovation
The technology developed by the farmer is adopted by the sugarcane growers in the district as well as of the state. More than 250 farmers adopted trash mulching over 450 ha in the KVK operational area. The technology is economically viable, it reduces fertilizers cost by 35%. Further, it saves irrigation and increases yield of ratoon sugarcane from 80 tons to 95 tonnes per ha. Its benefit cost ratio is 3.92.