As part of the efforts of the county government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare for the welfare of farmers, in line with the government’s goal of doubling farmers’ incomes, high-yielding rice varieties are being introduced in Rajouri to replace local coarse varieties.
Encouraged by the successful attempt to “cultivate saffron” in the district, the Department of Agriculture has started another experiment to cultivate the “dough” variety of paddy, which is native to Bhaderwah in the district.
According to Agri experts, most of the rice varieties grown in Rajouri are grainy and aromatic and prone to the “rice blast” disease.
The introduction of the new high-yielding varieties of crops will not only help increase productivity, but also improve quality, health and nutritional value and increase production, as they are very resistant to pests and diseases common in the region.
After consulting experts, a plan was formulated for the introduction of the Bhaderwah-grown rice variety “Dough”, which is known for its special taste and resistance to many pests and diseases
Initially, none of the farmers agreed with this because they had doubts about the performance of the new variety, but with the tireless efforts of the Department of Agriculture and the county council, one farmer, Haron Rashid Magrey, agreed to grow “dough” in his fields.
Haroon Rashid Magray is a progressive, innovative and hardworking farmer of a remote village namely Dodassan Pain, Zone: Fatehpur, Block: Planner of Sub-Division-Darhal.
As an innovative farmer, he implemented the idea and accepted the challenge and took the risk to grow a new variety during Kharif – 2021 that was never grown in the area.
He also confidently accepted four more advanced farmers from his village to grow DOUGH in an area of 1 hectare. He and his fellow farmers worked hard under the strict supervision of the agricultural sales force and with the support of the district administrator in the cultivation process.
At the end of the season and evaluation of the data, the trial proved to be a great success with a yield of 22.20 qt / ha compared to 16-19 qtl / ha for the Paddy variety grown in the area. The harvest brought the farmers around 1500 rupees per canal, even without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, it was recommended that the variety be widely grown in this area as it is also resistant to pests and diseases, especially rice blast.