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Nursery Management
Seed Rate
  • 7- 8 kg for single seedling per hill
  • 12 -15 kg/ha for two seedlings per hill wherever difficulty in establishment of rice is seen
Preparation of nursery area:
  • Prepare 100 m2 nurseries to plant 1 ha.  Select a levelled area near the water source. Spread a plastic sheet or used polythene gunny bags on the shallow raised bed to prevent roots growing deep into soil.

Preparation of soil mixture :
  • Four (4) m3 of soil mix is needed for each 100 m2 of nursery.  Mix 70% soil + 20% well-decomposed pressmud / bio-gas slurry / FYM + 10% rice hull. Incorporate in the soil mixture 1.5 kg of powdered di -ammonium phosphate or 2 kg 17-17-17 NPK fertilizer.

Blending Soil Mixture

Filling in soil mixture : Place a wooden frame of 0.5 m long, 1 m wide and 4 cm deep divided into 4 equal segments on the plastic sheet or banana leaves. Fill the frame almost to the top with the soil mixture.

Pre-germinating the seeds 2 days before sowing : Soak the seeds for 24 h, drain and incubate the soaked seeds for 24 h, sow when the seeds sprout and radical  (seed root) grows to 2-3 mm long.

Soil application  of   biofertilizers  : Application   of Azospirillum  @ 2 kg and   mycorrhizal fungi @ 5 kg for 100 m2 nursery area


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