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Bio-Economic Assessment of Linseed Garden Cress Intercropping Grown in Multiple Row Strips


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M. Zahid1, Saeed Ahmad2*, Sobia Manzoor2, M. Usama Javed3, Farukh Nawaz3, H. M. Waseem1, Aamir Ali1, M. Asim Raza1, Abdur Rehman1

 *Corresponding author: saeedahmad.uam55@gmail.com

Submitted Accepted Published
Jun 10,2018 Jan 27,2019 Feb 11,2019

2019 / Vol: 2 / Issue: 1


Abstract


A field trail to assess the influence of various geometric patterns on yield and yield attributes of linseed garden cress intercropping was carried out at Agronomy Research area, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad during the rabi season 2017. The experiment was executed into randomized complete block design (RCBD) and replicated thrice. The net plot was size of 3.6 m × 7 m. Sowing was done with hand drill in mid Nov. 2017. The experiment was comprised of 7 treatments viz., (T1) linseed alone at 30 cm spaced rows, (T2) linseed + 1 row of garden cress, (T3) linseed + 2 rows of garden cress, (T4) linseed + 3 rows of garden cress, (T5) linseed + 4 rows of garden cress, (T6) Garden cress alone in 30 cm spaced rows. The observations on yield and yield attributes of linseed and garden cress were noted by adopting standard procedures. Further the recorded data was subjected to statistical analysis by using Fisher’s analysis of variance technique and the comparison between the individual treatment means was made with the aid of (LSD) test at 5% probability. The bio-economic assessment of linseed garden cress intercropping revealed that intercropping reduced the linseed yield by 37%, 42%, 53%, and 66%, due to adding 4, 6, 8 and 12 rows of garden cress in intercropping system respectively; however garden cress gave remunerative yield of 428.31 kgha-1, 601.54 kgha-1, 736.19 kg ha-1and 693.91 kg ha-1 which resulted yield advantages 12%, 28%, 33% and 15% in the respective patterns over sole cropping of linseed. The treatment T4 (linseed + 3 rows of garden cress) proved to be the most economically viable intercropping system compared to sole and other intercropping systems of linseed and garden cress which showed the maximum yield advantage of 33%, maximum net return of Rs. 50719, land equivalent ratio (LER) 1.15 and highest benefit: cost ratio (BCR) of 1.61. So it can be recommended for general cultivation.

Key points: Intercropping, linseed, garden cress, row spacing, Land equivalent ratio


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