KRISHI VIGYAN KENDRA MURSHIDABAD

 
কৃষি বিজ্ঞান কেন্দ্র মুর্শিদাবাদ

West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences

 
Milebasa(Digha), Kalukhali, Bhagwangola-I
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Elephant Foot Yam Horticulture

1. SUCCESS STORIES/CASE STUDIES, IF ANY (TWO OR THREE PAGES WRITE-UP ON EACH CASE WITH SUITABLE ACTION PHOTOGRAPHS)

  1. CULTIVATION OF ELEPHANT FOOT YAM WITH AMARANTHUS AS AN INTERCROP
  2. Technology/ Process which was intervened for its success: Cultivation of Elephant Foot yam along with amaranthus as intercrop in the farmer field particularly in the 5 adoptive villages of KVK.

            

Fig1: Farmers treating their planting material   Fig 2: The pits are ready to put the EFY for planting
  Fig 3:  The EFY along with amaranrthus as intercrop       Fig 4: The EFY along with amaranrthus as intercrop
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Fig 5: EFY is harvested       Fig: 6: EFY is harvested 
Fig: 7: Farmers with his produce

                                                                                      

Effect of the technology/process

Production:   46.5 q of Elephant Foot Yam and2.6 quintal Amaranthus from 0.075ha of land by individual farmer

Productivity:  348.75/ha

Economic gains (per unit expenditure, gross income, net income, B:C ratio) :

Cost of Cultivation: Rs.151676.00 per ha

Gross income: Rs. 401345.00 per ha

Net income: Rs. 249669.00

B:C ratio: 2.59

  1. Suitability in the existing farming/cropping systems

The crop is becoming a remunerative crop. The crop does not require much maintenance cost in the form of day to day labour, pesticide requirement as well as spraying cost. The growth of weed is also less as because of growing of amaranthus as intercrop and also get the benefit from that crop.

  1. Acceptance of technology/process in terms of views of the farmers

The farmers himself kept the seed for their next season. The KVK scientist encourages their view to keep the seed as it is a self pollinated crop only with a special care of the crop in respect of weed, disease and pest etc. They kept more seed on the request of the surrounding farmers after observing the crop on their field as well as after calculating Benefit Cost ratio.

  1. Places and addresses of concerned farmers or persons who could be contacted

Sl.No.

Name of farmer

Address

Phone No.(M)

01

Bhakti Mandal

Vill-Bamunia, P.O.-Rampur

Murshidabad-742123

9153014279

02

Nagen Mondal

Vill-Bamunia, P.O.-Rampur

Murshidabad-742123

9635021881

03

Bapan Mondal

Vill-Bamunia, P.O.-Rampur

Murshidabad-742123

9002634631

04

Tilak Mondal

Vill-Bamunia, P.O.-Rampur

Murshidabad-742123

9635021881

05

Abul Hyat Aktar

Vill-Natunpara Kashiadanga

P.O.-Mahisasthali, Murshidabad

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9775651819

06

Firoz Ali

Vill-Natunpara Kashiadanga

P.O.-Mahisasthali, Murshidabad

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8972273542

07

Biru  Mondal

Vill-Ganeshpur, P.O.-Debipur

Murshidabad

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9749994485

OFT was conducted during 2008-09 to 2011-12 with two technologies of EFY along with Okra and Amaranthus as intercrop instead of EFY as sole crop which was adopted by the farmers with local variety. After conducting trial for three years the best option i.e.EFY variety Kovur along with amaranthus as intercrop was taken up in FLD during 2011-12 in 1 hectare and there is lot of demand for seed of EFY var Kovur.  The number of farmers increased upto 600 in eight blocks of Murshidabad in the year 2014-15 in an area of 200 hectare and under direct supervision of KVK.