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Volume 6, Issue 1, February Issue - 2018, Pages:253-257


Authors: Nirmala Bandumula*, Gulshan Mahajan, R.Mahender Kumar
Abstract: The essence of agricultural development is to improve both individual farm household welfare and in the aggregate, achieve desirable economic and social impacts. Despite the availability of literature on the farm level impact of DSR, few studies have attempted to measure the aggregate effects of adoption of DSR at the state level. A survey was conducted during 2015, comprising 150 randomly selected farmers covering three major direct seeded rice districts viz., Sri Muktsar Sahib, Bathinda and Kapurthala of Punjab state of India to understand the farm level and aggregate economic impact of DSR in Punjab.  The results showed that the adoption of DSR has reduced the cost of cultivation by about 29% on an average. At the aggregate level, potential benefits from the adoption of DSR are substantial. The survey results reveal that adoption of DSR has resulted in lowering cost of cultivation of rice by Rs. 14,615/- per hectare over the transplanting method. The aggregate monetary benefits in terms of savings in cost of cultivation by adoption of DSR to the adopter farmers in Punjab is estimated to the tune of Rs.730,750,000 for the year 2015. The findings confirm the positive impacts of DSR and the results support promoting DSR as a strategy to enhance profitability of farmers and also as a water saving technology in the face of depleting water resources for agriculture in general and rice in particular.
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1 Introduction

Rice is one of the most important food crops of India. It occupies highest area among all the crops grown in the country. Rice production accounted for 44.5 percent of total cereal production and 41 percent of total food grain production in 2014-15 (State of Indian Agriculture, 2015-16). The area during 1951-52 was 30 m ha and it has reached to 43 million hectare in 2016-17. The rice production has registered an appreciable increase from 21 MT in 1950-51 to over 100 MT, which is nearly 5 times over the production in 1950s. The production has set the highest record of 109 million tonnes in 2016-17 (2nd advance estimates, Government of India, 2017).

Water scarcity is becoming a major concern for the productivity and sustainability of the rice cultivation. Transplanting is the most adopted method of rice establishment in India. The transplanted puddled rice (TPR), leads to higher losses of water through puddling, surface evaporation and percolation (Farooq et al., 2011).

The traditional transplanting method of rice cultivation involving puddling of the soil, adversely affects the soil structure by disturbing the soil aggregates, reducing the soil permeability and creating hardpans at shallow depths (Sharma et al., 2003), all of which have adverse affect on the following crop (Tripathi et al., 2005). The water and labour scarcity is driving the farmers to shift from traditional transplanting method to Direct Seeded Rice (DSR). In Asia, due to depleting water resources and scarcity of labour, adoption of DSR is gaining momentum (Rakesh et al., 2017).

In Direct Seeded Rice (DSR), seeds are sown before or immediately after pre-monsoon rain (Kakumanu et al., 2011). Transplanting method of rice cultivation involves three basic operations, namely, puddling (a process where soil is compacted to reduce water seepage), transplanting and maintaining standing water (Joshi et al., 2013). These three operations can be avoided with the adoption of DSR. Direct seeding is of two types (1) Wet-DSR, in which, on puddled soil, sprouted rice seeds are broadcast or sown in lines, and (2) Dry-DSR, in which, after dry tillage or zero tillage, dry rice seeds are drilled or broadcast on unpuddled soil.

In India, Punjab State has been playing a leading role in the agricultural transformation of the country (Mahajan et al., 2015).  A sustainable production of rice in Punjab is crucial for the food security of India. Currently, out of 20 million tube wells in the country, almost 1.3 million are in Punjab, contributing to fast-paced groundwater extraction and its depletion (Satvir & Vatta, 2015). Due to the depleting ground water resources, the irrigation expenditure for rice crop has increased significantly in the last decade (Sidhu & Vatta, 2006). Though puddled transplanted rice is the most popular system but whether under the emerging scenario of acute shortages of water and labor, it would maintain sustainability in future is highly uncertain (Mahajan et al., 2011a; Mahajan et al., 2011b).

The essence of agricultural development is to improve both individual farm household welfare and in the aggregate, achieve desirable economic and social impacts (Menale et al., 2016). Despite the availability of literature on the farm level impact of DSR, few studies have attempted to measure the aggregate effects of adoption of DSR at the state level. An attempt has been made to measure both the farm level and aggregate economic impact of DSR in Punjab.

Punjab has 5.03 million hectare geographical area, out of which 4.23 million hectare is under cultivation. About 75% of its population depends directly on agriculture. Rice was grown on an area of 2.9 million hectare with a production of 17.6 million tons during the year 2014-15 (Department of Agriculture, Government of Punjab, 2017). The State of Punjab has been classified into five agro-climatic zones on the basis of homogeneity, rainfall pattern, distribution, soil texture, cropping pattern. These zones are Sub-mountain undulating zone (I), Undulating plain zone (II), Central plain zone (III), Western plain zone (IV) and Western Zone (V).

DSR is popular in Central Plain (III) and Western (V) Zones of Punjab. The main reason for adoption of DSR in these zones was that the agroecology is favorable for the cultivation of DSR. In Zone III, the water table is very deep (>25 m).  This region, being an industrial centre of the state, has a shortage of labor and wages are high, which hinders the continued cultivation of Puddled Transplanted Rice (PTR). Therefore, DSR, which has proven benefits of reduced water and labour requirements and less risk of cracking of soil under limited water supply, in comparison with the PTR, is attracting farmers in this Zone. In Zone V, water scarcity is one of the reasons farmers are attracted toward DSR (Mahajan et al., 2013). Hence, Kapurthala distrtict of Central Plain Zone (III) and Sri Muktsar Sahib and Bathinda districts of Western (V) Zones of Punjab were selected for the study.

In the scenario of fast paced depletion of ground water in Punjab and intensive cultivation of rice involving high amount of water use which may result in adverse effects on water table, there is an urgent need to shift from traditional transplanting method of rice cultivation to DSR, as DSR tends to reduce water consumption, labour requirement and helps to maintain the soil structure. In this backdrop, the present paper, therefore, attempts to examine the farm level and aggregate economic impact of Direct Seeded Rice in Punjab.

2 Materials and Methods

Figure 1 Comparison of costs in DSR and transplanted method (per ha)

The data for this study are derived from focus group discussions and household survey conducted in 2015. The primary data were collected using pretested questionnaire. Data were collected from 150 rice farmers of three major Direct Seeded Rice districts viz., Sri Muktsar Sahib, Bathinda and Kapurthala of Punjab state. Of the 150 rice growers interviewed, 42 % were from Sri Muktsar Sahib district, 33 % were from Bathinda district and 25 % were from Kapurthala district. These districts were purposively selected for the study as DSR has been widely adopted there because of favourable agro-ecology for adoption of DSR. The total costs and returns in Direct seeded rice and transplanted rice were compared. Productivity, costs and income between DSR and transplanted rice cultivation were compared. The income of farmers per hectare was computed from the difference between revenue (yield × price per kg) and paid-out costs (cash costs).

 

The total effect of adoption of Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) at state level for the state of Punjab in terms of monetary benefits to the adopter farmers was worked out by using Meredia’s Framework. The goal in performing an impact analysis of a technological innovation or intervention is to estimate the total effect of the new technology on some set of outcome variables, after some amount of diffusion has taken place (Maredia, 2009, Maredia & Raitzer, 2012). Meredia laid out the steps pursued by existing impact evaluations to estimate the total effect of a new technology on a set of outcome variables after some amount of diffusion has taken place. In Meredia’s framework, two key quantities must be estimated in order to arrive at the total impact of a new technology: the extent of adoption (Ec) and the average effect that adoption has on outcomes for those who have adopted (Es) (Alain et al., 2010).  An important technological change that increases the domestic production of a crop may not induce price changes if the country is open to imports and exports. In these cases, the aggregate effect of the technology may be measured by the simple product Es × Ec provided that the estimated effect size Es corresponds to the estimated area of adoption Ec.

The estimates of extent of adoption of DSR were obtained from secondary sources and through interaction with the agriculture officers of Punjab. The average effect of the adoption of DSR on those who have adopted (Es), in terms of farm level impact, has been estimated from the survey results. The priority Index for each variable was calculated by using formula of Miah (1993)

I prob=SifiN  

Where,

I prob Index value for intensity of problem

  Summation

Si Scale value of ith intensity

fi Frequency of ith respondent

N Total number of respondents

3 Results and Discussion

The major varieties used by the farmers in the study area are Pusa Basmati 1121, PR 122, PR 114, PR 118, P 44 and PR 111.  The results indicated that the mean area allocated to cultivation of DSR and transplanted rice was 1.9 hectares and 2.9 ha respectively. The smaller area allocated to DSR is assumed to be due, at least partly, to farmers risk management in dealing with a relatively new technology.

A comparison of the costs in DSR and transplanted method of rice cultivation in the study area, are presented in Figure 1. The DSR farmers used 10.75 kgha-1 more seed as compared to transplanted rice and is significant at 0.5%.  The main reason for using higher seeding rate in DSR is the fact that DSR requires higher seed rate than the transplanted method and also partly because of the fear of the farmers about the seed rotting which may occur due to rain after sowing.  The labor costs for weeding were significantly higher for DSR than the transplanting method. This is due to combined effect of applying more herbicides and manual labor for weed management under DSR method of rice cultivation. Adoption of DSR has resulted in saving on irrigations to the tune of 25% over the transplanted method.

The farmers opined that the adoption of DSR has resulted in obtaining slightly higher yield than the transplanting method (Table 1), which may be because of good weed management practices and this concurs with the study of Johnson et al. (2003). Neeraj et al. (2012) also reported higher yields in DSR, which may be because of timely sowing of paddy and effective weed management. A reduction in cost of cultivation to the tune of Rs.12,621/- per hectare was reported with the adoption of DSR. These reduced costs were mainly due to the reduction in labour required for crop establishment with direct-seeding. Similar results were reported by Arelene et al., (2014). The net returns were   Rs. 56,283/- per hectare for DSR and Rs. 41,668/- per hectare for transplanting method.

 

Table  1 Comparative Economics of DSR vs Transplanted method

 

Sl.No.

Particulars

DSR

Transplanted method

1

Yield (Qtl/ha)

5.4

5.27

2

Gross Returns (Rs./ha)

86795

84800

3

Cost of cultivation (Rs./ha)

30511

43132

4

Net Returns (Rs./ha)

56283

41668

5

BC Ratio

2.84

1.97

 

 

Table 2 Merits of DSR

 

Sl.No.

Advantages

Index

Rank

1

Reduced labour requirement

0.86

I

2

Lower number of irrigations

0.72

II

3

Reduced cost of cultivation

0.67

III

4

Less wear and tear of machinery

0.42

IV

5

More wheat yields

0.33

V

 

 

Table 3 Constraints in adoption of DSR

 

Sl.No.

Constraints

Index

Rank

1

Weed Management

0.92

 

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