HARPHOOL SINGH, INDU BALA SETHI*, SURESH KUMAR, MAHESH JAJORIA, LOKESH KUMAR JAT AND NIRANJAN KUMAR BRAOD
S. K. N. Agriculture University, Jobner, Jaipur-303329 (Rajasthan), India
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(Received : 7 April 2021; Accepted : 29 June 2021)
A field experiment was conducted during two consecutive kharif seasons (2019 and 2020) at Agricultural Research Station, Navgaon (Alwar), S.K.N. Agriculture University, Jobner, Jaipur (Rajasthan), India, to study the effect of different intercrops in pearl millet (bajra). The experiment was laid out in a randomized block design with ten treatments and replicated thrice. The crop was sown as per the package of practices recommended for zone III-B of Rajasthan. Treatments included Bajra + mung bean (2:1), Bajra + mung bean (4:2), Bajra + black gram (2:1), Bajra + black gram (4:2), Bajra + Cluster bean (2:1), Bajra + Cluster bean (4:2) including sole bajra, mung bean, black gram and cluster bean. Among the different intercropping treatments, Bajra + mung bean (4:2) recorded significantly higher pearlmillet equivalent yield (15.69 q/ha in 2019 and 15.79 qt/ha in 2020) with higher economic efficiency. The intercropping of pearl millet + mung bean (4:2) recorded significantly higher net monetary return (Rs.15184 ha-1) than all other intercropping systems. The mean maximum benefit-cost ratio (1.87) was also recorded by pearl millet + mung bean (4:2).
Key words:Bajra, mung bean, cluster bean, black gram, intercropping, BC ratio, LER