The Krishna Delta farmers have been getting better yields with long duration (120 days) varieties of paddy. They is because it enables them to plan for the second crop, leguminous crops that enrich the soil with nitrogen.

These were highlighted at the cross examination of P.V. Satyanarayana, former director of the AP Rice Research Institute at Maruteru in West Godavari district, at the Brijesh Kumar Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal hearing in New Delhi.

The hearing, which began February 22, came to an end last week, OSD to the Water Resources Department (inter-State division) K. Gangadhara Rao said. Telangana counsel C.S. Vaidyanathan and V. Ravindra Rao cross-examined Mr. Satyanarayana on an affidavit submitted by the agricultural scientists stating that the Krishna Delta farmers preferred long-duration varieties because they were getting better yields and that they found it better to plan a second crop keeping in view the cyclones that lash the east coast in November. A.P. counsel A.K. Ganguli also examined the scientist. In the last cross examination, Mr. Satyanarayana made it clear that a drop in one degree Celsius did not reduce the yield in the Krishna Basin. Asked if there was a 654 kg reduction per hectare due to a one degree Celsius drop in temperature, he said the study by the Jagityal Research Station, Telangana, in the Godavari Basin was not applicable to the Krishna Basin, where the agro-climatic conditions were different.

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