A. L. Basediya, P. Singh, M.K. Bhargava, S.P. Singh, Y. P. Singh and Rajeev Chauhan
RVSKVV-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Shivpuri-473551 (M.P.)
The study was carried during 2021 to assess the impact of Cluster Front Line Demonstrations (CFLDs) on production and productivity enhancement of groundnut crop (Var. GJG17) in kharif season. RVSKVV, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Shivpuri were conducted a total of 25 demonstrations in selected clusters with GPS locations over an area of 10 ha in district Shivpuri of Madhya Pradesh. The yield performance data and economics of demonstration and farmer’s practice plots were compiled and analyzed for calculation of gap analysis, costs and returns. The critical inputs were identified in existing production technology through personal interaction, group meetings and discussions with farmers and KVK Scientists. The improved technologies consisting improved variety, deep ploughing, seed treatment, mechanized sowing, integrated nutrient and weed management, and pest and disease management. The average yield of improved technology demonstrations and farmers practices were recorded as 19.20 q/ha and 15.00 q/ha respectively. On overall, the 28.00 per cent increase in yield was found in demonstration plots over local (check) plots. The average of technology gap, extension gap, technology index and additional return were found as 5.8 q/ha, 4.20 q/ha, 23.2 percent and Rs.19571/ha respectively. Average net return of Rs. 65821 /ha was found in demonstration plots as compared to Rs.40250/ha in farmers practices and average B:C ratio of 2.66 and 2.25 were recorded in demonstrated and farmers practices plots respectively. The higher yield and returns in demonstrations indicated that production and productivity of groundnut at farmer’s fields increased by adopting improved technologies. The results revealed that the CFLDs by interventions of improved technologies gave positive effects of production and productivity in groundnut.