PRODUCTION POTENTIAL AND ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF FOOD–FORAGE BASED CROPPING SYSTEMS IN SOUTHERN TELANGANA REGION OF ANDHRA PRADESH

V. CHANDRIKA*, R. BALAJI NAIK, K. B. SUNEETHA DEVI AND M. SHANTI

ANGRAU, Rajendranagar,

Hyderabad, A.P.

*(E-mail : vchandrika2@rediffmail.com)

(Received: 29 December, 2012, Accepted: 15 April, 2013)

SUMMARY

A field experiment was conducted to evaluate the forage production potential of various intensive cropping systems including speciality corn types for both food and forage. NB hybrid+cowpea–Lucerne was found most efficient cropping system in terms of green and dry fodder yields and for year round forage production. But under peri urban situations, Maize+cowpea–Maize-Maize+cowpea systems were found to be more efficient in terms of net returns (Rs.1,19,200/yr), FEY(278 t/ha/yr) and MUE(326.5 Rs/ha/day).

Key words: Production potential, economic viability, cropping system, food &forage.

38(3) 170-173