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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(4): 972-980
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.904.116


Small Scale Protected Cultivation for Off-season Vegetables: A Promising Option for Terai Farmers towards Income Generati
Soumen Maitra, Biplab Mitra, Rupak Sarkar*, Ranjit Chatterjee, Surajit Khalko and Om Prakash Chaturvedi
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari, Cooch Behar, West Bengal-736165, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

To evaluate the prospect of small-scale protected cultivation unit in homestead areas for growing off-season vegetables, low-cost bamboo made structures were constructed at Dhalaguri and Uttar Chokowakheti villages in the sub-Himalayan Terai region of West Bengal, India. Five crops, namely, cucumber, capsicum, coriander leaf, spinach beet and cauliflower were grown in different seasons during the period 2016-17. Results indicated the feasibility of protected cultivation for off season vegetable crops as a remunerative agro-enterprise with a high Benefit-Cost (B:C) ratio. The maximum and minimum B:C ratio were 10.58 for off-season coriander leaf and 1.62 for off-season cucumber. The pest and disease problems in the poly-house crops were minimal. The major part of crop water requirement could be met from the residual soil moisture owing to low evaporation rate from the cladded and shaded poly-houses. Crops like off-season cauliflower could be grown without any supplemental irrigation. The farmers’ response towards adoption of low-cost, small-scale protected cultivation technique was encouraging. The demonstrated technology could be a source of additional livelihood generation for the small, marginal and women farmers of the region.


Keywords: Poly-house, Off-season, Vegetables, Soil moisture
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Soumen Maitra, Biplab Mitra, Rupak Sarkar, Ranjit Chatterjee, Surajit Khalko and Om Prakash Chaturvedi. 2020. Small Scale Protected Cultivation for Off-season Vegetables: A Promising Option for Terai Farmers towards Income Generation.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(4): 972-980. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.904.116