Enhanced productivity and income through balanced nutrition in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Watersheds

Rao, C S and Wani, S P and Rego, T J and Pardhasaradhi, G and Rao, R and Roy, S and Chourasia, A K (2008) Enhanced productivity and income through balanced nutrition in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Watersheds. Indian Journal of Dryland Agricultural Research and Development, 23 (2). pp. 1-5. ISSN 2231-6701

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Community watersheds technically supported by the consortium of institutions adopt holistic system's approach as against the compartmental approach of soil and water conservation. ICRISAT-led consortium used characterization of soil resources in the benchmark watersheds (Semli and Shyampura Watersheds, Dewas district and Madhusudangadh watershed, Guna district in Madhya Pradesh and Bundi Watershed, Bundi district in Rajasthan, India) as an entry point activity. Stratified sampling of fields on a toposequence in the watersheds revealed widespread deficiency of multiple nutrients particularly Zn (67-100%), B (72-100%) with an exception of Guna and S (72-100%) along with N and P, which could be limiting the yield potential in the watersheds. Farmers' participatory research trials with different crops showed tremendous yield advantages upto 79% over the farmers practice. The FPR trials also showed economic viability of amendment options with a net increased profit of Rs. 8190 ha-1 in case of wheat and Rs. 10740 with chickpea in M.P. watersheds. These FPR trials highlighted the urgency to provide right information about soil health to the farmers in time and empowering them to adopt balanced nutrient management strategies for increasing productivity and minimizing cost of inputs that are unnecessary

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Others > Watershed Management
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2011 05:34
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 07:53
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/783
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