Agri experts and scientists educate 600+ farmers about advantages of AcreNext next generation rice farming
Corteva Agriscience, a global pure-play agriculture company, organised a field event, ‘Dhan Mahotsav’ in Mansa, Punjab. In the day-long event, agriculture experts and scientists aimed to teach, train, and educate 600+ farmers about the advantages of AcreNext next generation rice farming. The program aims at enhancing the understanding and knowledge of the benefits of adopting direct seeded rice – a resource-efficient technology that overcomes limitations of traditional cultivation techniques and improves the sustainability and profitability of rice farming.
AcreNext is an integrated direct seeded rice program meaning hybrid rice seed is planted directly into the rice main field. The hybrid seed has a better yield, can be planted using mechanised sowing services, and is compatible with highly efficient crop protection solutions that do not require fields to be flooded. This comprehensive offering helps rice farmers produce healthier rice crops that mature faster with increased yields while being less water and labor intensive. Through the AcreNext program, the company provides farmers with training in better farming practices and access to an integrated solution that delivers the right product for the right acreage that maximizes productivity and profitability.
To extend their support towards more holistic agronomic practices, the event was attended by chief dignitaries including Gurpreet Singh MLA & Chairman Farmer committee, Punjab & Dr G. S. Buttar, Director Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University.
Commenting on its allegiance to bringing sustainable agriculture practices in India, Gurpreet Bhathal, Marketing Director, Corteva Agriscience, said ‘Corteva Agriscience is committed to helping farmers adopt sustainable and holistic agronomic practices. Direct seeded rice (DSR) consumes less water, produces better yield, and enables rice farming in control of the grower thus increasing productivity and profitability.”
Dr G S Buttar highlighted the role of PAU in making farmers aware about DSR technique & also highlighted the steps the farmer should take to make DSR a lively practice. He emphasised the role of field preparation, Weed management & water usage in the DSR way of Farming.