Profitable alternate crops for bengal gram (Cicer arietinum) in scarce rainfall zone of Andhra pradeshPantnagar Journal of Research, Volume - 18, Issue - 1 ( January-April, 2020)
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A field experiment was conducted during rabi 2011-12 and 2012-13 at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Nandyal, Kurnool (Dt.), Andhra Pradesh to evaluate profitable alternate crops (jowar, sunflower, foxtail millet, black gram, mustard, soybean and safflower) to chickpea. The results clearly indicated that in both the years of study, significantly higher seed yield (1595 and 1760 kg ha-1), maximum gross (Rs.55839 and 70408 ha-1), net returns (Rs. 45,839 and 55,408 ha-1) and B: C ratio (5.6 and 4.7) was recorded with chickpea among all the crops tested. However, among alternate crops evaluated, mustard and black gram resulted in significantly higher Bengal gram equivalent yield (BGEY) (1129 and 1034 kg ha-1; 853 and 1070 kg ha-1 during 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively), net returns (Rs.32,021 and 28,701ha-1; Rs.19,628 and 30,312 kgha-1 during 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively) and B:C ratio (5.3 and 4.8; 3.0 and 3.4 during 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively) compared to rest crops.
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