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Economic Utility Evaluation of Improved Technologies in Indian mustard: An Analysis of Front Line Demonstrations

R.C. Sachan, Lijo Thomas, A.K. Sharma and S.K. Jha

Abstract

Rapeseed-Mustard group of crops is one of the major oilseed crops of India. Under the All India Coordinated Research Project on Rapeseed-Mustard (AICRPRM), the technologies developed through research activities are demonstrated under actual field conditions of the farmers through Frontline Demonstrations. From these demonstrations an understanding of the economic potential of each of the selected improved technology is possible. This paper attempts to study the economic performance of individual component technologies recommended for Indian mustard. The data on Frontline Demonstrations (FLDs) conducted under AICRPRM is used in the study. Percentage Yield Increase over Farmers Practice (%YIOFP), Additional Net Monetary returns (ANMR) and Incremental Benefit Cost Ratio (IBCR) are used for comparison between technologies. The results show that Integrated Pest Management Technology recommended for Indian mustard has shown the highest average increase in yield over farmer’s practice (23.7%). The highest average increase in ANMR is obtained by the adoption of sulphur application. The IBCR values range from 13.4 in case of sulphur application to 2.4 for IPM strategy. The study shows that there is wide variation between the technologies with regard to their economic potentials. This calls for judicious deliberations in selection of technologies for popularization

Keyword: Frontline demonstration ;

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