Vol. 7, Special Issue 1 (2018)
A study on integrated crop management in cashew for sustainable livelihood of tribal farmers in west Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh
Author(s): RVSK Reddy, E Karuna Sree, Ch. Kiran Kumar, V Deepthi, K Venkata Subbaiah, G Shali Raju, A Devivaraprasad Reddy, T Vijaya Nirmala and JV Prasad
Abstract: Cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.) is one of the important cash crops in the study region and has a potential for provide source of livelihood as it has adaptability to varied agro-climatic conditions. Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Venkataramannagudem (VR Gudem) is working in 25 up land mandals of the west Godavari District including seven tribal mandals to conduct location specific technology demonstrations and trainings for the farming community. During the preliminary visits and survey in tribal villages, it was identified that, cashew as one of the major horticultural crop that provides livelihood to tribal families. But these cashew orchards in tribal villages are neglected, without any management practice. To overcome this situation KVK, VR Gudem conducted two training program meson canopy and seasonal management of cashew orchards and also conducted 200 demonstrations on Integrated Crop Management, including INM practices to improve the soil fertility status. Twenty cashew orchards in Kamaiahkunta cluster were selected for collection of soil samples in grid method and analyzed for both macro and micro nutrients. Based on the soil test results fertilizer application was recommended. Yields in cashew orchards in soils with low nitrogen, medium potash, low available calcium and deficient in zinc could also be managed by application of farm yard manure and micro nutrients along with recommended dose of fertilizers. After KVK intervention the income levels of cashew farmers were tripled with 50% additional increase in cost of cultivation. Further, the cashew farmers in this area are encouraged to register a FPPO with 300 farmers with the collective support of NABARD, ITDA, Department of Horticulture, KVK and NGOs working in the district.
How to cite this article:
RVSK Reddy, E Karuna Sree, Ch. Kiran Kumar, V Deepthi, K Venkata Subbaiah, G Shali Raju, A Devivaraprasad Reddy, T Vijaya Nirmala and JV Prasad. A study on integrated crop management in cashew for sustainable livelihood of tribal farmers in west Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. 2018; 7(1S): 751-754.