Vegetable Nursery: Innovative technology was used in nursery
With the help of this technique, seeds germinate well and good seedlings are prepared.
Vegetable seeds are very delicate and require a lot of care. Therefore, most of the vegetable seedlings are first raised in the nursery, then planted in the field. A farmer from Manipur has invented a new technique for raising quality vegetable seedlings in nursery, which has increased his profits. How this technique can be effective in vegetable nursery, know in this article.
Ningthoujam Ingocha Singh, a progressive farmer from Bishnupur district of Manipur, has today become a successful nursery grower in his village. Seeing him, other farmers of the area are also trying his technique. Actually, Ningthoujam is always ahead in using new technology. He continues to promote agriculture by implementing his innovative ideas. He tries to increase production by using traditional methods and scientific techniques together. This time, he did a unique experiment in his vegetable nursery. In the vegetable nursery he used corrugated galvanized sheets, which was very successful.
Vegetable plants need more care
Vegetable seeds are very small. Therefore, most vegetable seeds are first germinated in a nursery to form seedlings, so that they can be properly cared for. Some vegetable plants are very delicate and do not produce much crop if they are not well taken care of in the early stages.
Therefore, progressive farmer Ningthoujam Ingocha Singh prepares good seedlings in his vegetable nursery and makes them available to the farmers. In view of the increasing demand for vegetables, it is necessary to sow high yielding crops. In such a situation, it is necessary to use new and scientific methods to meet the increasing demand and increase profits.
Corrugated Galvanized Sheets Used
Ningthoujam Ingocha Singh cultivates seedlings of various vegetable crops in a traditional and scientific manner in his vegetable nursery on 0.5 hectares of land. He used corrugated galvanized sheet to cover the beds after sowing the seeds in the nursery. It was his own discovery. This technique is used in a few ways.
- First of all, the area selected for the nursery of vegetables is cleaned thoroughly.
- With the help of spade, nursery beds are plowed by hand and then nursery beds of different sizes are prepared according to the location.
- Dung manure and sand are mixed in it. Also, after sowing the seeds, farm manure is sprinkled over the seeds and mixed well.
- Before sowing the beds are levelled properly and the seeds are sown in line for good growth.
- Later, the seed beds are covered with corrugated galvanized sheets, which help in increasing the soil temperature and retain its moisture.
- Water is not given until the seeds germinate and after germination the ‘corrugated galvanized sheet’ is removed and kept for reuse.
Advantages of this technology
Its use reduces the cost of cultivation of vegetables as corrugated galvanized sheets are long lasting as compared to sackcloth and straw. With its use, watering is also less and the moisture of the soil is maintained. Due to this, the seeds germinate well and quality seedlings are formed. Ningthoujam Ingocha Singh sells the finished saplings to the local market and neighbours. In 2018-19, he got a net income of Rs 5.25 lakh from nursery. His success has inspired other farmers to adopt new technology.
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