Pushpendra Singh, Puneet Kumar, MK Bhargava, YP Singh and RS Chauhan
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is one of the most important pulse crops in Shivpuri and Bundelkhand region of India including districts of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. One of the major constraints of traditional chickpea farming is low productivity due to non-adoption of improved technologies. To boost the production and productivity of pulse crops, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Shivpuri is conducting cluster frontline demonstrations (CFLDs) on pulse crops. The main objective of CFLD on pulses is to demonstrate and popularize the improved technologies on farmers’ fields for effective transfer of generated technology and fill the gap between recommended practices and farmers’ practices and ultimately to boost the production of pulses. Frontline demonstrations in chickpea during rabi season were studied for five years (Rabi 2016-17, Rabi 2017-18, Rabi 2018-19, Rabi 2019-20 and Rabi 2020-21) in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. There was a wide yield gap between the potential and demonstration yields mainly due to technology and extension gaps. CFLD on chickpea crop indicated that increase in yield over farmers’ practice ranged from 25.22 to 47.32% over five years. In terms of economics, chickpea crop recorded higher net returns per hectare compared to farmer’s practice during all the years. The B: C ratio of demonstration plots ranged from 2.86 to 4.41. The technology index varied from 9.00 to 44.04% indicating the urgent need to motivate the farmers to adopt economical viable technologies for increasing production, productivity and profitability of chickpea.
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