Since 2000, the KVK has been working on transferring technologies through its mandatory works viz., OFT, FLD and Training. Some of the significant impacts created in the district are as follows :
Basmati Paddy variety Pusa Basmati – 1509, an Improved HYV was demonstrated in farmer’s field in three blocks. The recorded yield was 10.03% higher than the ruling var Pusa Basmati-1 under medium and shallow low land situation. The variety has spread to 34 villages of the district by covering an area of 186 ha. The adopted farmers have replaced the traditional var Pusa Basmati-1.
Improved Varieties of sarson and lentil were demonstrated by KVK. sarson var Pant Pili Sarson -1 and lentil Pusa Masoor-5 had a higher acceptance by the farmers in the district. The yield of Pant Pili Sarson -1 was recorded an increase about 26.86 % over the ruling var Goldy. Pusa Masoor-5 lentil var, showed an increase of 42.31 % over the local var. The spread has been in 56 villages of the district.
The farmers of the district cultivated a local desi varieties of various vegetables. The yield of the local varieties was found to be low. Improved varieties of vegetables recorded higher yield in kitchen gardens accounting to an increase of about 69%. These varieties were popularized in 16 villages covering 2 blocks of the district. Hybrid Okra was introduced by KVK in one block and has spread to 3 blocks. This massive spread has been due to the increase in yield by 67% over the open pollinated varieties.
The KVK was responsible to introduce the novel insecticides for the management of brown plant hopper in paddy that are suitable for paddy cultivation in the district. The use of buprofezin recorded an increase of 21.45 % yield during kharif. At present this novel insecticide has been widely adopted in 231 villages in 6 blocks of the district.
Through OFT, FLD and Training activities of the KVK intensive efforts were taken to increase the production of paddy by reducing the menace of one of the most devastating pest i.e. stem borer in paddy through application of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The introduction of IPM and novel insecticides like cartap hydrochloride, fipronil and chlorantraniliprole resulted an increase of yield by 15% to 21% covering 321 villages in 5 blocks of the district.
Several improved clones of poplar were demonstrated by the KVK for agro forestry. Among the improved clones “S7C8” was found to be highly acceptable and suitable for agro forestry. Due to the higher diameter, height and litter fall than local clone the clone was widely accepted by the farmers. This clone has spread to 25 villages in 3 of 7 blocks in the district comprising 123 farm families.
Wheat farmers in the district were unaware about the loss due to rusts and the benefits of regular surveillance of their crops. The KVK took attempts to popularise and introduce the practice of spraying novel fungicides on need basis for wheat. The KVK spread this practice through FLD, training and regular surveillance. The KVK was successful towards motivating and adopting this practice in almost all the adopted villages of KVK. The benefit of this interventions were on the reduction of rusts in wheat and improvement quality of the crop, and about 10-15% increase in yield of Wheat.
Demonstration of use of zinc as basal application in paddy crop was conducted in 5 villages covering 3 blocks. Farmers were using the zinc as broadcast in standing crop and they were also taking wrong grade of zinc having high price and poor results. The application of zinc sulphate hepta hydrate having 21% zincgave 14.7% increase in yield over local practice. The technology is now being spread to 321 villages of 5 blocks in the district.
For augmenting yield of wheat a high yielding latest variety HD-2967 of wheat was introduced in villages by on farm trials by KVK. This variety gave 28.10 % increase over the old early sowing variety PBW-343 of the wheat. Now the variety is being adopted in 156 villages of the district.