Organic cultivation boosts castor crop yield

Jadcherla: Lakshmana Sarma, a castor farmer of Ayyavaripalle of Midgil mandal in Mahabubnagar district, reaped six to eight tons of the crop compared four tons by others by spending only Rs 500 and applying organic fertilisers to castor crop raised in his two-and-half acre farm. He is hopeful of reaping at least 20 quintals of castor seeds at the end of the season.

Vexed with not getting enough returns from his 30-acre land from conventional methods, during the past three decades, he switched over to natural farming to cut costs drastically.

Initially Sarma experimented with SRI variety of paddy and tasted success. Later, he raised castor crop, which is on the verge of disappearing from the district.