AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF CULTIVATION OF POPULAR PJTSAU RICE VARIETY, RNR 15048 (TELANGANA SONA) VIS-A-VIS OTHER RICE VARIETIES
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Rice continues to be the staple food of people in many parts of India. Investing on the research in rice crop will help inÂ nourishing maximum population is not only the country but also in the Asian Continent. Under the umbrella of National AgriculturalÂ Research System (NARS) and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), all the State Agricultural Universities (SAU) haveÂ been under the mission of developing technologies catering the regional and national needs. Professor Jayashankar Telangana
State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) works with the same mission of developing many technologies and varieties. RNR 15048Â (Telangana Sona) is one such variety which is popular not only in the state but also in the country for its super fine quality and itsÂ low glycemic index which is good for diabetic patients. The present study was carried out in Wanaparthy district of TelanganaÂ covering a sample of 120 farmers to make a comparison of the economics of the RNR 15048 cultivation with the other super fineÂ varieties grown in the same region during the year 2018-19. Conventional tabular analysis was adopted to compare the costs andÂ returns of RNR 15048 variety with the other rice varieties grown in the study area. RNR 15048 was found better than itsÂ counterparts since it is cost effective than the other varieties because of its comparative low plant protection cost. RNR 15048
fetched a net income of about Rs.45005.27when compared to Rs.37617.99 per hectare of other varieties. The return per rupeeÂ spent on RNR 15048 worked out to be 1.53 as against 1.43 on other varieties. Consumers were also showing high preference forÂ RNR 15048 because of its suitability for diabetic consumers. Hence, the research investment on RNR 15048 was found to beÂ fruitful and the university may continue its seed production and distribution.