Sangareddy: The commitment of an Agricultural Extension Officer (OAS) to his work and his innovative spirit brought smiles to several farmers from the Tadkal group in Kangti mandal, in the district.
G Santosh, the cluster’s OAS, chose SK Gangadhar, a progressive farmer and resident of Babulgaon, and advised him to apply gypsum to his one acre peanut crop at Yasangi 2020. The experimental move resulted in a yield increase from the usual eight quintals to 10 quintals, and since then the OAS has carried out an awareness campaign among the farmers in its cluster. He takes Gandhar to each village and the two explain to the farmers the need to use gypsum to increase their yields, which makes it easier for everyone to increase their income.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Santosh said he has so far managed to convince at least 30 farmers to use gypsum this year. “Gypsum gives off calcium and sulfur, which peanut crops badly need,” he said, adding that he had chosen Gangadhar, a progressive farmer from Babulgaon village the last time, instead of ‘go for the mass education of farmers.
When Gangadhar has performed better than everyone else in the region, everyone pays attention to their suggestions, Santosh said. Stating that farmers normally invest Rs 15,000-20,000 for groundnut cultivation on an acre, the young AEO said their income from the investment was between Rs 40,000 and Rs 50,000. “With usage of gypsum, their income increases from Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000 per acre. Farmers in the region get yields of seven to eight quintals, but with the use of gypsum when crops are 50 days old, the yield rises to 10 quintals, he said. “They only need to spend 900 rupees on gypsum per acre,” he said.
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Gangadhar stressed that their profits would increase if they used gypsum. “I urge all peanut producers to use gypsum as suggested by the OAS,” he added.
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