Improved crop productivity and rural livelihoods through balanced nutrition in the rainfed semi-arid tropics

Wani, S P and Chander, G and Sahrawat, K L and Dixit, S and Venkateswarlu, B (2013) Improved crop productivity and rural livelihoods through balanced nutrition in the rainfed semi-arid tropics. Monograph. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support from Central Research Institute for the Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Hyderabad, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) through World Bank assisted National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP) for undertaking development research for impact. We sincerely acknowledge the help from our consortium partners, Krishi Vignan Kendra (KVK), Adilabad; Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad; Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), Rangareddy; Modern Architects for Rural India (MARI), Warangal; BAIF Institute of Rural Development (BIRD BAIF), Anantapur & Mahabubnagar; Sri Aurobindo Institute for Rural Development (SAIRD), Nalgonda; Center for World Solidarity (CWS), Khammam; and and Aakruthi Agricultural Associates (AAKRUTI), Kadapa; in undertaking on-farm research for impact. Sincere thanks are also to Dr AVR Kesava Rao and Mr K Srinivas Rao for sharing rainfall data for target districts, and GIS unit, ICRISAT for mapping study sites.


Diagnostic soil analysis in targeted clusters of eight districts in Andhra Pradesh revealed critical deficiencies of sulphur (61 to 98%), boron (23 to 98%) and zinc (45 to 85%) in addition to that of soil carbon (25 to 97%), and phosphorus (14 to 84%) which are apparently holding back the productivity potential. The soil test based application of sulphur, boron and zinc together increased productivity by 8 to 102% in cotton, groundnut, castor, sorghum, greengram, cowpea, chickpea and maize. Economic assessment reveal that per rupee invested as additional cost (` 1,400/- to ` 2,150/-) gave ` 1.6 to 28.5 in return. Residual benefits of balanced nutrition were observed during 4 succeeding seasons. Soil health improved in balanced nutrition plots, inspite of higher yields and nutrient removal. The results showed that balanced nutrition is the way forward to increase crop productivity through resilience building of production systems and improve farm based livelihoods in the SAT regions.

Item Type: Monograph (Monograph)
Subjects: Others > Food and Nutrition
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 10:51
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2013 10:51
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