Farmers Reap Benefits of In situ Moisture Conservation for Cultivation of Rabi Jowar

Training  at Village Loni Bhapakar Tal. Baramati in September 2012 before sowing of Rabi  JowarShri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries appreciated the spectacular results achieved by the farmers trained by KVK, Baramati on in situ soil moisture conservation technology. Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Baramati conducted a campaign in Rabi season for in situ soil moisture conservation technology developed by Mahatama Phule Krishi Vidyapeetha, Rahuri. This campaign covered 36 villages of Baramati, Indapur, Purandhar & Daund from August to September, 2012. About 600 acres of land was covered under this technique in rain fed area. Farmers could harvest 4-7 quintals of jowar/acre even with scanty rainfall whereas those who could give one protected irrigation achieved 8-14 quintal/acre resulting in 60-70% increase in the yield. Where the moisture conservation technology was not adopted, farmers could not get even fodder. As farmers could see by themselves the advantages of adopting the technology more area is expected to be covered under In situ water conservation in Rabi, 2013.

Moisture conserved in flat beds after first rainUnder this practice, moisture is conserved uniformly in the field due to small flat beds. It also reduces runoff losses of water and soil erosion. The moisure thus conserved reduces the water stress during critical growth period and ultimately gives assured yield of rainfed crops like Jowar and Bajara.

(Source: Agricultural Extension Division , ICAR)