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1 Kerala Agricultural Technology Project To Raise Productivity, Quality & Farmer Income on Cash and Field Crops by Improved Land Preparation, Soil Nutrition.

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1 1 Kerala Agricultural Technology Project To Raise Productivity, Quality & Farmer Income on Cash and Field Crops by Improved Land Preparation, Soil Nutrition & Water Management

2 2 Objectives To commercially demonstrate higher crop yields, quality and farm incomes on field, cash and orchard crops by application of advanced methods of land preparation, soil nutrition, mechanisation and water management. To train lead farmers in Palakad District on these advanced methods. To strengthen the extension advisory system by establishing village based farm schools supported by a field force of ag consultants to demonstrate & widely disseminate these methods throughout the district.

3 3 Low Indian Crop Productivity (kg/ha) CropUSAIndiaUSA/India Rice Maize Wheat Groundnut Soy beans Potato40,23817, Lint Cotton Tomato59,29515,1383.9

4 4 Low Productivity of Indian Agriculture India ranks in the bottom quartile countries on productivity of most major crops, despite having the largest area under irrigation and a huge reservior of scientific manpower. Huge waste of water resources damaging crop productivity, increasing soil salinity and aggravating water shortages. 95% of Indias water use is for irrigation. Kerala ranks low among Indian states on productivity of most major crops.

5 5 Factors Determining Crop Productivity Soil preparation Planting methods & tools Plant nutrition Water management Pest management Time & schedule management

6 6 AT is the Answer Advanced agricultural technology (AT) adapted appropriately to local conditions can raise Keralas productivity on most major crops by 100 to 200% or more and double or triple water use efficiency. California Agricultural Consulting Services (CACS) has already commercially demonstrated this potential on a wide range of crops in India.

7 7 Brinjal in TN CACS has achieved 17 tons/acre of brinjal in TN compared with TN average of 8 tons. Potential is for 30 tons generating more than Rs 1 lakh/acre profi

8 8 Red Cabbage in TN CACS has achieved 20 tons/acre of cabbage in TN compared with TN average of 12 tons. Potential is for 30 tons generating more than Rs 1 lakh/acre profi

9 9 Badji Pepper in TN CACS has achieved 14 tons/acre in Tamil Nadu compared with local average of 6 tons. Potential is 20 tons generating more than 1.5 lakhs profit/acre.

10 10 Okra in TN CACS technology has produced 6 tons/acre of Okra in TN compared with state average of 2 tons. Potential is for 10 tons yielding income of Rs 50,000 to 1 lakh/acre.

11 11 Sugarbeet gives 50% more sugar than cane in ½ the time with only 2/3 rd the water CACS farmers in CA achieve the highest yields of sugarbeet. Sugarbeet can produce tons/acre in TN in 6 months with 15% sugar recover compared to TN average of about 40 tons cane in 12 months with only 10% recovery. Also sugar beet consumes 30 to 40% less water than sugarcane.

12 12 CACS Crop Yields in India vs Local Average Crop (tons/acre) Local Average CACS achieved in India Growth Achieved CACS Potential in India Baji Pepper614133%20 Beans (Lima) Beans (Black eye)-1 2 Brinjal %25-30 Cabbage (Red)122067%30 Capsicum816100%35 Cotton Lint (lb./A) %2200 Maize %7.8 Okra26200%10 Rice %6 Sugarcane405950%80 Tomatoes %55 Black Pepper (kg//vine) %

13 13 Normal Land Preparation in India Ploughing soil only 6 to 8 deep and flat beds results in Dense packing of earth Prevent rainwater storage in the soil Flooding of roots during irrigation & heavy rains which stops plant growth Loss of fertile top soil through surface run-off of rainwater Prevent crop roots from penetrating into soil profile for water and nutrient uptake Leads to stunted plant growth Lower yields

14 14 Soil Penetration 6-8 in India

15 15 Normal Indian Soil Hard Pan 6 Rainwater cannot penetrate deeper or drain, so it floods roots & evaporates rapidly. The flooding prevents plant roots from breathing, which is essential for absorption of nutrients. Roots cannot penetrate so plant growth is stunted. Plants are small, weak, needs frequent irrigation & gives low yield. Crop

16 16 CACS Method of Land Preparation Deep Soil Chiseling & Furrow Beds Enable soil to capture & store more rainwater Retain rainwater to recharge groundwater Prevent loss of fertile topsoil through excess run-off Enable root systems to grow deep for nutrient & water uptake Reduce need for irrigation to as low as 20%. Increase crop productivity

17 Soil Penetration in California

18 18 Deep Soil Chiseling 36 Rainwater stored deep down where it will not easily evaporate & is available to plants for weeks Roots penetrate deep to reach perennial water supply & nutrients. Plant grows large, strong & highly productive. Soft Pan Crop

19 19 Deep Chiseling in USA

20 20 Deep Chiseling Adapted in India

21 21 Normal Flat-bed Land Preparation in India

22 22 Tomato with furrows in TN Tomato raised in Tamil Nadu with CACS methods consumes only one-third the water & has achieved 217% higher yield (38 tons vs. 12 tons/acre). Potential with CACS technology is 55 tons.

23 23 Flood Irrigation in India Flood irrigation methods practiced in India waste large amounts of water and drown crops resulting in low water use efficiency & low yields.

24 24 Furrow Irrigation in California Furrow irrigation on chiseled fields reduces water consumption by upto 70% while increasing crop yields.

25 25 CACS Furrow Irrigation in TN

26 26 Balanced Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition Plants require more than 12 essential nutrients to generate healthy and productive growth. Without these 12 nutrients, genetic potential of hybrid seeds cannot be tapped. (The same hybrid rice seed generates 2.8 tons per hectare in India, 5.4 tons in China & 8 tons in USA.) In India, soil is being tested for only three nutrients. Even when tests are done for other nutrients, customised recommendations are not available for each crop. Methods employed in India for application of fertilizers lead to low absorption, low fertilizer use efficiency, high wastage and high cost. Advanced methods can triple productivity of the same hybrid seed.

27 27 Soil Fertility (USA) – before treatment Optimum Level Required by Plants

28 28 Soil Fertility (USA) – balanced after treatment Optimum Level Required by Plants

29 29 Soil Fertility (India) – before treatment Optimum Level Required by Plants

30 30 Soil Fertility (India) – unbalanced after treatment Optimum Level Required by Plants

31 31 Critical Needs Improve crop productivity Improve fertilizer use efficiency Improve water use efficiency Reduce soil salinity Reduce unit cost of agricultural produce

32 32 What CACS Technology can do Improve land use efficiency Increasing productivity per unit area can reduce the cost per unit of agricultural produce to enhance farm incomes and promote international competitiveness. Improve fertilizer use efficiency Balancing plant nutrients in the soil optimizes plant intake of applied fertilisers, safeguarding the environment and reducing soil degradation. Improve water use efficiency Enhancing the countrys drinking water security through land preparation techniques that harvest rainwater on millions of acre while reducing waste of irrigated water, improving water use efficiency by over 300%, and reducing the pace of salinization of irrigated lands.

33 33 Kerala Agriculture Technology Project (KAT)

34 34 Project Goals Transfer and disseminate advanced AT (Agriculture Technology) to double the yield and profitability of paddy and other major commercial crops, while reducing the unit cost of agriculture produce. Teach farmers how to double or triple net income per acre by higher productivity and quality of crops.

35 35 Project Strategy Operate project as an autonomous contractor to the Government. Commercial demonstration of productivity & profitability of all technologies on wide range of crops. Classroom & field training for farm school instructors by CACS. Farm school instructors to apply technology commercially on their own fields & earn fees for training other farmers. Training subsidy of Rs 1000 per farmer trained. Private consulting team backed by expert system & multimedia software to provide support services. Lab & equipment services to be charged to users.

36 36 Project Targets Train more than 25,000 farmers on CACS methods for high profit commercial crop production. Establish 500 village-based Farm Schools. Establish permanent infrastructure for on-going technical support to lead farmers. Produce training materials and expert system to support widespread adoption of CACS technology.

37 37 Project Components Model Farm cum Training Centre to demonstrate high yield, high profit production methods with farm equipment hire centres Agricultural Precision Diagnostic Centre (APDC) – world class soil lab Agri-equipment centre with latest equipment for improved land preparation. Training of Farmer-Instructors to set up village-based Farm Schools Training and management of a field force of agricultural consultants to support the Farm Schools Cyber extension system -- computer software for crop selection & production Computerized farmer training programme Links with agro-industries AT information website

38 38 High Potential Crops Paddy Banana Pineapple & other fruits Vegetables & vegetable seeds -- tomato Tapioca Black pepper, other herbs & spices Sugarcane & sugar beet Maize Coconut Bamboo and other tree crops Orchard -- mango, papaya, custard apple, pomegranate, sapotta Floriculture – jasmine, anthurium, marigold, chrysanthemum

39 39 Farm Schools (FS) 5 acre model farms in the village on owned or leased lands to demonstrate CACS methods run by self-employed farmer-cum- Ag-consultants trained by KAT Each FS to train 30 lead farmers per year in CACS methods On-going technical support from KAT to FSs Each FS has access to computer centre for farmer education & technical advice Income from training of lead farmers (Rs. 30,000 to 60,000 per year) for each FS instructor FS instructor is certified by KAT FS instructor is technical representative of KAT in the village

40 40 Agricultural Consultants Agricultural graduates trained in CACS production technologies will provide field support to the Farm Schools – one consultant per 10 FSs. Consultants will work on contract basis and be fully accountable for delivery quality information to the FS and referring problems back to the Project Team.

41 41 Training Curriculum for FS Instructors Crop economics Crop selection methods Land preparation Planting methods & tools Deep chiseling & rainwater harvesting techniques to optimize water utilisation Soil & tissue analyses & plant nutrition techniques Fertilizer placement, timing & methods to improve efficiency Pest management practices Irrigation scheduling & methods Crop maintenance practices Harvesting methods Post-harvest handling Agro-industry & agri- business opportunities Marketing Teaching and communication skills

42 42 Training Methodology Classroom lectures Practical demonstration on model farms Practical field work and hands on experience applying all concepts on model farm test plots

43 43 Computerized Farm Advisory Software (FAS) Recommend best cropping pattern options based on soil analysis, cost of inputs & prevailing market prices, including cost-benefit for each crop Recommend package of practices for specific crops based on field conditions & soil test results Generate detailed crop production instructions for the specific crop and field conditions

44 44 Computerized Educational Software Malayalam language 25 to 50 hours of CD-Rom based courseware covering all aspects of CACS technology For use at training centres, farm schools, secondary schools and vocational training centres Multimedia: With photographs, video images, text & voice presentations Interactive: User selects topics and proceeds at own pace Feedback: Self-tests provide instant feedback to users

45 45 Farmers Trained Year12345Total Farm School Instructors Trained Agricultural Consultants Lead Farmers Trained Total

46 46 Estimated Four Year Budget (lakhs) Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Total Capital Investment Operating Costs Training fees & food Total Crop working capital (additional) Total Less net crop income Net funds required

47 47 Capital Investment World-class soil & tissue analysis laboratory Heavy duty imported tractor and shanks for deep soil chiseling. Smaller tractor and other farm implements. 2 SUVs and 2 motorcycles Computers, printers, scanner, digital cameras, LCD projector, furniture & equipment Expert system software for Farm Advisory Service Multimedia training CD Roms CACS Consulting fees

48 48 Financial Requirements 1 st Year – Rs 366 lakhs (includes Rs 233 lakhs assets) 2 nd Year – Rs 100 lakhs 3 rd Year – Rs 172 lakhs 4 th Year – Rs 255 lakhs


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