Field demonstrations in West Bengal prove that using paraquat and no-till plus thrown seedling technology in paddy rice is enhancing productivity. Paraquat and no-till are providing a solution that minimizes the cost and number of days required for rice cultivation.
“Minimizing costs includes the cost of plowing, which is about Rs. 2250 to 3000,” commented Mr. Tapas Kundu, District Plant Protection Officer, North 24 Parganas, for the Government of West Bengal’s Department of Agriculture.
He goes on to explain, “Normally, establishing rice requires 12 to 14 days for land preparation, including one or two days of plowing and eight to 10 days of stoppage to allow the weeds to decompose before the farmer gives the field a final cultivation and levels the field for rice transplanting. By using paraquat, a farmer can transplant in just four days. So, he can save an average of 10 days using this method and can use this time to establish his next crop, like early potatoes, tomatoes and other vegetables, which fetch an attractive market price.”