BA Shinde, UV Mahadkar, PS Bodake, SB Dodake and VA Thorat
Adoption of suitable farming practice by farmers in India has occurred in mainly in the rice based cropping system. Among all the farming practices, the conservation farming practice spread rapid in north-western states which are relatively better endowed with respect to irrigation, mechanisation and relatively huge size of land holdings This practice was adopted primarily for the wheat crop. In India largely adoption of conservation tillage practice was started in Haryana. It is emerged to achieve enhanced productivity and profitability while conserving natural resources. In this study has been made to analyze the comparative yield and economics of low budget, organic, conservation and conventional farming practices of rice based cropping system. The study revealed that the grain and straw yield was significantly higher in conservation farming practice followed by conventional, organic and low budget farming practice. Whereas, net return and B:C ratio was higher under low budget farming practices followed by conservation, conventional and organic farming practices in that descending order during experimentation and in the pooled data. Low budget farming technology enabled farmers to increase returns and save crucial input cost. Hence, this is to be an alternative for creating higher farm income and protect scarce resources.
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