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GOA BIO-1 will give good yield of paddy even in moist soil

Helpful in increasing the income of farmers


Farmers’ income will be higher only when they get good yields at less cost. But the soil of some areas could be more fertile, so the farmers get less profit even after working hard. The soil in the coastal areas of Goa is also high in salt, so paddy yield is meager. Apart from this, the biological activity of the soil is also significantly less. Crop production is also low due to a need for a more balanced use of fertilizers. This is used to reduce the income of the farmers.

ICAR- Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Old Goa, solved the problem of the farmers of this area.

Bio formulation for better growth of plants

Intending to improve the farmers’ income and increase the crop’s production, scientists of ICAR- Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Old Goa, have developed a unique bio formulation named Goa Bio-1. It is a talc base based halo-tolerant plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) for saline soils of coastal areas.

Goa Bio-1 helps in the biological activity of the soil, growth of crops, reduction of salinity, and mineralization of nutrients. This leads to more crop production. For improved paddy cultivation, treating the seeds with Goa Bio-1 (40 g/kg seed) is necessary. After that, it is recommended to use 75% soil-test-based fertilizer to absorb and broadcast germinated seeds for 3-5 days.


New Technology increases Income

Improved cropping techniques and nutrient management have also been demonstrated in saline soils of coastal areas and areas with average soils. 35 farmer families from Dulpe village in the Tiswadi district of North Goa have established the improved technologies for two consecutive years. The result was seen as increased income, from Rs 32,862 per hectare to Rs 45,275 per hectare, i.e., an increase of 38 percent.


Developed bio formulation for plant growth and higher production Goa Bio-1 is entirely safe. This does not cause any harm to the environment. This technique is beneficial in the long run. It is capable of generating an additional income of 22 crores by covering 18000 hectares of saline soil in Goa alone. Due to the demonstrations of ICAR, farmers came to adopt new technology and this increased their crop production and income.


What is Saline Soil?

As the nam suggest, the soil in which the amount of salt is high is called saline soil. Due to excess of salts in the soil (soil salinity), the production is less. Apart from Goa, such land is also on a large scale in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Rajasthan. Three-fourth of the country’s total saline and alkaline soil area is present in these states.

In fact, the problem of saline soil is often greater in waterlogged land. Due to waterlogging, the soluble salts present in the soil float to the upper surface of the soil and due to lack of drainage system, after evaporation of water, the salt gets deposited on the surface of the soil.

Actually, salt soil (saline soil) contains high amounts of sodium, calcium, magnesium or their chlorides and sulfates. A large part of the country is facing the problem of saline soil. In such a situation, ICAR’s bio formulation is a ray of hope for all those farmers who are troubled by low production due to saline soil.

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