Impact of Front line demonstrations on yield and economics of Tomato in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka
Publication Date : 02/07/2016
Tomato is a major vegetable crop grown in Chikkaballapura district of Karnataka. One of the major constraints of low productivity of this vegetable may be due to partial adoption of recommended package of practices by the tomato growers. The present study was undertaken to address the yield gap through FLDs on Tomato crop. ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chintamani, Chikkaballapur (Karnataka) conducted 18 demonstrations on tomato since 2013-14 to 2015-16 in different locations of the districts. Prevailing farmers’ practices were treated as control for comparison with recommended practices. In the three years data it was observed that mulching reduced weed count, labour required for weeding and frequency of irrigations. Adoption of IPM practices helped in managed the incidence of pest and diseases. Due to this an average yield of 708.50 q/ha was obtained in demonstrated plot over control (625.17 q/ha) with an additional yield of 83.33 q/ha and the increasing the average tomato productivity by 13.33 per cent. The extension gap and technology gap ranged between 76.75 to 88.75 and 82.25 to 98.25 q/ha, respectively, with the technology index of 11.44 per cent during the demonstration years. Besides this, the demonstrated plots gave higher gross return, net return with higher benefit cost ratio when compared to farmer’s practice.
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