A baseline survey was conducted in Kalingaela Village and 26 farmers were interviewed to obtain their socioeconomic information. Majority of farmers in Kalingaela are between 40 and 55 years old and their major source of income is farming. Rice is grown two seasons per year, and the average farm size is 0.81 hectare. Cultural practices adopted do not largely vary from farmer to farmer.
In Paranthan, 22 farmers were interviewed. The farming practices in Paranthan were found to be rather different from those of Kalingaela. The size of farm holdings varies between 2 hectares and 15 hectares.
Farmers at both project sites practice sowing by hand, which has several disadvantages. To improve crop establishment,
In Kilinochchi, 17 plots were established by using the multicrop seeder in two villages. Two seed rates (50 and 70 kilograms/hectare) at row spacing of either 15 or 20 centimeters were used. Establishment in most of the plots was good and there is a high potential to popularize the seeder.
Site-specific nutrient management
Nutrient emission plots were established at two field sites, Kalingaela and Yaya 13 tract in Jayanthipura Village in Polonnaruwa. Six emission plots in Kalingaela and four emission plots in Jayanthipura (another village in Polonnaruwa) were established.
Alternate wetting and drying