About the Practice

Cumin seed (Cuminum Cyminum) seeds are scattered all over the field. This is a useful method that ensures burying of the seeds in the ground and saving of time. However, sometimes many of the seeds may remain above the ground, and when the field is watered, the seeds are washed to any corner of the field, where they collect. The growth of all these seeds at one location results in improper growth and causes loss to the farmer. Using small branches of spunge tree (Prosopis Cineraria) or tooth brush tree (Salvadora persica), being of heavy weight helps in this problem. Tying some pieces of stones to their ends increases their weight, and one person can easily drag it around, causing the seeds to be buried well. The work is done faster and the farmer stands to gain. This implement is, no doubt, a novel one, but one that has been devised by his father after a lot of thought. They are growing cumin seeds (cuminum cyminum) for the past 7-8years. The farmers father had to employ at least three persons from his own household to take care of this job. This resulted in a lot of pending work, which led him to think of this method, which has resulted in a lot of benefits to them.This method has been learnt from his father and is used by all farmers in the village."

About the Innovator

Knowledge Provider / Innovator: Arjanbhai Medhabhai Vaghela
Agro-Ecological Zone: Agro Ecological Sub Region (ICAR) Western Plain, Kachchh And Part Of Kathia ( 2.4, 2.3)Agro-Climatic Zone (Planning Commission) Gujarat Plains & Hills Region (XIII)Agro Climatic Zone (NARP) North West Zone (GJ-5) North Saurashtra (GJ-6)
Address: Alampara, Dasada
District: Surendranagar
State: Gujarat
PIN Code 382750

Practice Details

Ingredients: Spunge tree (Prosopis Cineraria) or tooth brush tree (Salvadora persica) branches for cummin seed (Cuminum cyminum) crops

PAS 1:

"Two sowing methods are used for cumin, broadcasting and line sowing. For broadcasting, the field is divided into beds and the seeds are uniformly broadcast in these bed. Afterwards, they are covered with soil using a rake [5, 6]. For line sowing, shallow furrows are prepared with hooks at a distance of 20 to 25 cm. The seeds are then placed in these furrows and covered with soil.nChem Sci Rev Lett 2019, 8(29), 129-135."
http://chesci.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/V8i29_23_CS152049111_Eajaz_129-135.pdf )

PAS 2:

"The seedsare sown broadcast or drilled in rows 22.5 to 30 cm apart. Drilling of seeds requiresfewer seeds."

PAS 3:

"Seed depth depending on soil texture is between 1/5 - 2 cm, and seeds are directly planted in the ground. Seeds should be soaked in water for 24-36 hours to enhance the growing power. The ground should be irrigated immediately after planting but not so hard that may wash the seeds. (Properties, cultivation method and requirements ofcumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) - an overview."
http://ijfas.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/24-29.pdf )

PAS 4:

"Seeds should be placed in groups of 4 under about 1/4 inch of dirt to yield the best growth results. Each cluster of seeds should have about 4 to 8 inches of space allocated between them to allow the seeds to mature fully without being crowded. How To Grow Cumin."

GIAN Reference: GIAN/UAL/353 - Practice ID: DTP0010000000192

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