No-till Garlic Cultivation in Jibika College of Agricultural Science

Jibika College of Agricultural Science has initiated the 'No-till Garlic Cultivation' practice in its premises this week. The practice is being highly popular and is widely adopted in lower tropics of west Nepal. The college, in participation of the students of First and Third Semester, has attempted to demonstrate the comparative advantage and adaptability of the practice in Tropics of East Nepal.

No-till is a farming system in which the seeds are planted directly into untilled soil which still contains the previous crop residues. In this practice, garlic is sown directly into the soil after the paddy is harvested. The seedbed is prepared by leaving a 3–5 cm thick layer of rice paddy crop residue on the soil surface. Garlic seed is planted directly into the soil at a spacing of approximately 15 cm and the entire field is then covered with a 10 cm (or more) layer of hay.

The every details of the study are being kept and the college is planning to promote and disseminate the practice among the farmers of its command area in Eastern Nepal if the practice is found to be promising.

Details of the study

Location: Pakali, Itahari-17, Province No. 1, Nepal

Technology area: 1 Katha

Origin: Innovative; this is a local initiative started about 10 years ago

Climate: Tropical

Study approach: Learning about no-till methods through demonstration and comparison