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Potential of Poly-house Technology for Vegetable Cultivation in the Punjab, India

Nisha Rani, Devinder Tiwari and Gurdeep Singh

Abstract

The study entitled “Potential of polyhouse technology for vegetable cultivation in Punjab” was done in the six districts having maximum number of poly-houses. From each selected district 10 adopter and 10 non-adopters were randomly selected thus making a total of 120 respondents. Potential of polyhouse technology was measured in terms of types of crops grown, most suitable crop & promising varieties under polyhouse cultivation, comparative advantage over open cultivation, extension and technological gaps in adoption of the technology. It was observed that cucumber (Rank1), capsicum and tomato were the most suitable crops grown under polyhouses. King Star RZ (cucumber), Inspiration (capsicum), LS524 (Tomato) etc. were the most preferred crop varieties grown under polyhouse structures. It was also observed these crops were giving significantly better yield and market prices as compared to open field conditions. The extension gaps for polyhouse grown vegetables were ranging from 20-30 q/acre and technology gaps were ranging between 35-55 q/acre emphasized that there was dire need for capacity building of farmers.

Keyword: Polyhouse; Potential; Extension gaps; Technological gaps.

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