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PRODUCTIVITY, CRUDE FIBRE CONTENT AND ECONOMICS OF SABAI GRASS (EULALIOPIS BINATA) - BASED INTERCROPPING SYSTEMS

Article Id: ARCC4889 | Page : 6 - 9
Citation :- PRODUCTIVITY, CRUDE FIBRE CONTENT AND ECONOMICS OF SABAI GRASS (EULALIOPIS BINATA) - BASED INTERCROPPING SYSTEMS.Agricultural Science Digest.2002.(22):6 - 9
K.C. Barik
Address : Department of Agronomy, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar - 751 003, India

Abstract

A field experiment was conducted for 3 consecutive years from 1992–1994 to evaluate productivity and economic returns from sabai grass {Eulaliopsis binata (Retz.) CE Hubb}-based intercropping systems on submarginal rainfed uplands. Intercropping of either greengram (Phaseolus radiatus L.) or cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp) or blackgram (Phaseolus mungo L.) in the initial 2–3 years of establishment with sabai grass proved superior to the sole crop of sabai grass both in total productivity, crude fibre content and net return. However, intercropping of arhar {Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.} with sabai grass proved to be incompatible. Sabai grass + greengram recorded highest sabai grass equivalent yield (36.42 a/ha) and net return (Rs.10,052/ha) followed by sabai grass+cowpea (35.78 q/ha, Rs.8,925/ha) respectively. Intercropping with greengram also led to an increase in crude fibre content (42.95%) and crude fibre yield (13.74 q/ha) of sabai grass.

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