Agriculture Field Day: Red Rice Paddy variety – KMP 220 as alternative to Jyothi variety

Suttur, December 16, 2022: The ICAR JSS Krishi Vignan Kendra, in association with the Agriculture Department, ATM, T. Narasipur had organized Red Rice Paddy new variety ‘KMP-220 Agriculture Field Day,’ at the Danayakanapura Village, in T. Narasipur Taluk, in the presence of Sri Dr. Shivalinga Shivacharya Swamiji of the Vatalu Suryasimhasana Math.

Inaugurating the program, Dr. Shivalinga Swamiji lauded the services provided by the ICAR JSS KVK. “The JSS KVK is helping the farmers by developing new and better varieties and guiding them to get more yield. The relationship between the KVK scientists and the farmers is also cordial,” he said.

In her address, JSS KVK Incharge Head and Senior Scientist Smt. H.V. Divya said, “the farmers of this region are growing Jyothi variety paddy much. However, as it is disease prone, yield is also less. Hence, they were expecting an alternative to that variety. The Agriculture University, Bengaluru, has now released KMP 220 variety as an alternative to the Jyothi variety. The new variety was distributed among ten farmers from the JSS KVK. It has given better yield and lesser disease prone. Expenses is also less, and farmers can get more profit.” She advised the farmers to select good spikes of the crop and use it for next seed sowing.

Farmers Somanna, D.L. Mahadevappa and Revanna, in whose agricultural fields the new variety was experimented, informed that the new variety is lesser prone to diseases and gave two times more yield than the earlier Jyothi variety. They informed they yielded 24 to 26 quintals of cereals from one acre. They also said that the new variety is more apt for drum sowing.

Sri Venkatesh, SBI Financial Literacy Expert, informed the farmers about the various facilities and insurance options available to them from the bank.

Sri Rajanna of the ATMA program mastered the program. Smt. Vijayalakshmi, Agricultural Officer, JSS KVK, progressive farmers Chinnabuddhi, Puttanna and others were present. More than 100 farmers took part in the program. They shared their views that the cereals obtained from the new variety appears like the earlier Jyothi variety and opined that the height of the grown crop should have been a little lesser. They also expressed their happiness, informing that it gives better yield.