Rapeseed and Pulses Demonstrations as Cultivation Push in District Ferozepur of Punjab
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Keywords:Pulses, Summer moong, Chickpea, Rapeseed, Gobhi sarson, Nutritional security
Punjab Agricultural University Farm Advisory Service Centre, Ferozepur conducted totalÂ 361 demonstrations on PAU improved varieties SML 668 and SML 832 of summer moong, GPF 2 and PBG 5 varieties of gram (chickpea) and GSC 7 variety of gobhi sarson onÂ farmerâ€™s fields in district Ferozepur during three consecutive years from rabi 2016-17 to rabi 2018-19 with aim to get the farmers to grow pulses and rapeseed to secure access ofÂ farmer families to an appropriately nutritious diet comprising all essential nutrients and higher net return. Low yield of traditional or local varieties of pulses and rapeseed is aÂ major concern for farmers. To manage the problem of lower yield of pulses and rapeseed
demonstration were conducted in different localities of Ferozpur district. PAU recommended varieties of Gobhi sarson, chickpea and summer moong gave 17.5, 19.3 and 17.5 per centÂ higher grain yield over local check grown by farmers. Chickpea green may earn higher net
return of Rs. 304760 which is 83 and 78.7 per cent more than chickpea grain crop and wheat crop. Gobhi sarson with processing may earn net return of Rs. 111205.5 which isÂ 47.6 and 41.7 per cent higher as compared to ghobi sarson without processing and wheat crop. Summer moong given additional net return of Rs. 93208 along with net return fromÂ rabi season previous crops like potato and gobhi sarson. Rapeseed and pulses gave higher net return than wheat crop along with nutritional security.
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