Impact of National Food Security Mission - Pulse on Chickpea Productivity in Hamirpur District of Uttar Pradesh

Sarju Narain, S.K. Singh and Lakhan Singh


Pulses play an equally important role in rainfed and irrigated agriculture. Under rainfed condition U.P. Bundelkhand is well suited for pulses especially gram production due to the unique agroclimatic condition. The NFSM – Pulse scheme is also running in UP Bundelkhand including district Hamirpur for increasing productivity. On this background level of gram productivity among trained and untrained farmers were assessed and analysed the relationship between dependent and independent variables as well as find out the adoption scenario of recommended gram technology among trained farmers. For this purpose the study was conducted in purposively selected district Hamirpur during 2012-2013. The four villages were selected randomly out of 8 villages of NFSM – Pulse coverage area, where gram was extensively grown and all necessary inputs and training were provided to selected farmers. 60 trained and 60 untrained farmer’s productivity performance was assessed. The result was found that productivity level of gram was higher in trained farmers than untrained farmers. Majority of the trained gram farmers i.e, 43.33 per cent were observed under medium productivity level i.e, 10-20 q.ha while 40 per cent achieved higher productivity level i.e, more than 20 q/ha gram yield in their field. This impact was the combination of technological package including training and critical monitory and non-monitory inputs. The adoption scenario indicates that low gram productivity was the result of either poor knowledge or faulty/non adoption or the combination of both. The productivity level also depends upon several independent variables associated with farmers adoption related to recommended gram technology.

Keyword: National Food Security Mission – Pulse (NFSM-P); Chickpea; Productivity; Impact assessment;

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