Mahesh Choudhary and Anop Kumari
The present study was carried out to evaluate the performance of improved varieties with scientific package of practices on production and profitability of marigold. Front Line Demonstration (FLD) is an appropriate tool to demonstrate recommended technologies among the farmers. Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Fatehpur-Shekhawati, Sikar has conducted 10 front line demonstrations in farmer’s fi eld during rabi 2021-22 in total 2.0 hectare with the objectives of convincing farmers and extension functionaries together about the marigold flower production technologies for further wide scale diffusion. The farmer practice was considered as local check in demonstration cluster. These check plots were maintained by the farmers according to their own traditional cultivation practices. The result revealed that the highest plant height (90.26 cm), plant spread (12.38 cm) primary branches/plant (12.38), no. of fl owers/ plant (54.00), flower diameter (5.88 cm) and flower yield (272.65 q/ha) was obtained in Pusa Narangi Gainda followed by Pusa Basanti Gainda, whereas, it was observed lowest in farmer’s practice. The highest extension gap (46.80 q/ha) and lesser technology gap (27.25 q/ha) and technology index (9.12%) were also calculated in Pusa Narangi Gainda. Higher average net return (Rs. 331675/ha and 303085/ha) was obtained in the demonstration plots of Pusa Narangi Gainda and Pusa Basanti Gainda compared to farmers’ practice plot (Rs 263775/ha). The average B:C ratio was calculated 5.29 and 4.92 in demonstrated plots compared to 4.52 in farmer’s plot. Key words : Cultivation; Demonstrations; Economics; Marigold; Pusa Basanti; Pusa Narangi; Yield.