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Ponnusamy K.,Directoate of Research on Women in Agriculture | Nayak J.,Directoate of Research on Women in Agriculture | Sarkar A.,Directoate of Research on Women in Agriculture | Arya M.P.S.,Directoate of Research on Women in Agriculture | Prusty M.,Directoate of Research on Women in Agriculture
Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences | Year: 2013

Promotion of line planting alone is likely to increase 15 to 20% paddy yield as per the results of present study. In fact, the area under line planting in the ensuing rabi season has increased significantly from the normal rabi season area in the village. Men involved mostly in carrying seedling to main field (80.20%) and stretching rope for line planting (49%). Line planting consumed 20% more time and expenditure as compared to traditional random planting. Ergonomical parameters such as musculo skeletal discomfort (highest in midback and lowest in ankle), physiological stress (heart rate 88.7 to 103 beats/minute) and grip fatigue were within the acceptable range. Advantages of line planting outweighed the disadvantages. Despite strong extension delivery mechanism and incentives as rendered by government under several schemes, farmers are yet to catch up with even least cost technological interventions. More popularization efforts and reinforcement mechanisms are critically required for realizing higher paddy productivity and profitable agricultural systems in the country and thereby ensuring sustainable and prosperous livelihood.

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