Impact Assessment of ‘Bhoochetana’ – A Soil Test-Based Nutrient Management Scaling-Out Initiative in Karnataka

Dhanalakshmi, D and Narayana Rao, K and Srinivasa Prasad, L and Chander, G (2017) Impact Assessment of ‘Bhoochetana’ – A Soil Test-Based Nutrient Management Scaling-Out Initiative in Karnataka. International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience, 5 (2). pp. 706-710. ISSN 2320 – 7051

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A study was conducted during rabi 2014 to assess the impact of ‘Bhoochetana’, a soil test-based fertilizer management initiative in Karnataka, India. In selected six villages across Raichur, Deodurga, Manvi and Lingasugur blocks of Raichur district in Karnataka, India, soil samples and crop yield data were collected from farmers’ fields having farmer practice (FP) of blanket application of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), as well as improved practice (IP) of soil test-based application of N, P and K along with deficient sulphur (S), boron (B) and zinc (Zn) as recommended under ‘Bhoochetana’. After five years (since 2010) of ‘Bhoochetana’ in Raichur district, significant improvement in soil health is noted in IP adopted plots. In five out of six villages, soil organic carbon under IP increased to medium (0.50% to 0.71%) levels as compared with low (0.26% to 0.43%) levels observed under FP. Soil fertility under IP improved in terms of macro and micro nutrients like N, P, K, S, B and Zn. Increase in crop yield of all major crops like cotton (19%), groundnut (17%), pigeonpea (13%), sorghum (11%), and sunflower (11%) was observed under IP.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bhoochetana, Karnataka, Soil fertility, crop productivity, sulphur, boron and zinc
Subjects: Others > Bhoochetana
Others > Soil Fertility
Others > Karnataka
Others > Soil Science
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 09:04
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 09:05
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Acknowledgement: The first author thank International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Hyderbad, Telangana, for awarding the scholarship during her research study.
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