Indian Journal of Agricultural Research

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Indian Journal of Agricultural Research, volume 52 issue 1 (february 2018) : 22-27

Determination of optimum crop mix for crop cultivation in Kerala homesteads

P.K. Muhammed Jaslam, Brigit Joseph, T. Paul Lazarus, T. Rakhi
1Department of Agricultural Statistics, College of Agriculture, Vellayani, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur- 680 656, Kerala, India.
Cite article:- Jaslam Muhammed P.K., Joseph Brigit, Lazarus Paul T., Rakhi T. (2018). Determination of optimum crop mix for crop cultivation in Kerala homesteads. Indian Journal of Agricultural Research. 52(1): 22-27. doi: 10.18805/IJARe.A-4922.
Homestead farming has been the backbone agricultural economy of Kerala but the  productivity of the homesteads in Kerala has yet to reach an  acceptable  level. In this paper the possibility of increasing the contribution of this sector through proper crop planning is sought. The optimum model was developed by using linear programming (LP) technique. The constraints included in the analysis were total area, intercropped area, investment amount and population of each enterprise. The optimum model reveal the scope of 22.83 per cent enhancement in net return as compared to net return from the existing plan. Sensitivity analysis of the optimum model revealed that further enhancement of net return in The agro-ecological region could be achieved by increasing the cropping intensity in the underutilized intercropped area and changing the binding enterprises.
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