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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 4(5), pp. 290-294 May, 2014
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ISSN 2276-7118 © 2014 Scholarly-Journals

Boosting of cumin yield and growers’ returns with adoption of improved varieties and technologies: An impact study carried out in Nagaur district of Rajasthan state, India

G. Lal1*, S.P. Maheria1 and Jitendra Chaturvedi2

1National Research Center on Seed Spices (NRCSS), Ajmer-305206, Rajasthan, India
2Krishak Vikas Sansthan (KVS), Ajmer, Rajsthan, India

Abstract :

Front line demonstrations on cumin consisting two improved varieties (RZ-209 and GC-4) with three interventions (improved varieties, line sowing and seed treatment) were conducted at Farmers’ fields of adopted village Alniawas in district Nagaur of the Rajasthan state during winter season of the years 2010-11 and 2011-12. On the basis of two years’ overall average, it is inferred that about 39.38% higher grain yield was recorded under FLDs than that of the farmers’ traditional check practice. The study exhibited mean extension gap of 233 kg/ha, technology gap of 175.34 kg/ha with mean technology index of 17.53%. An additional investment of Rs. 4982/ha coupled with given interventions, recommended nutrients, water management, plant protection measures, scientific monitoring and non-monetary factors resulted in additional mean returns of Rs. 29125/ha. The overall average Incremental benefit: Cost ration was calculated as 5.85.


Key words: Cumin, Front line demonstrations (FLDs), Farmers’ practices, Improved varieties, Scientific technology, Technological gap, Yield, B: C ratio.

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