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Evaluation of Different Organic ‘Packages of Practice’ in Young Tea Plantation: A case study under FAO-CFC-TBI Project at Maud Tea Estate, Assam, India

Seal, A; Bera, R; Datta, A; Saha, S; Roy Chowdhury, R; Chatterjee, Ashis Kumar; Barik, Arun Kumar; Mazumdar, Debasis; Dolui, Ajit Kumar and Sarkar, R.K (2017) Evaluation of Different Organic ‘Packages of Practice’ in Young Tea Plantation: A case study under FAO-CFC-TBI Project at Maud Tea Estate, Assam, India. Research & Reviews: Journal of Crop Science and Technology, 6 (1), pp. 10-16.

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Maintenance of young tea under organic package of practice is a challenging task and needs a proper intervention. The present study under FAO-CFC-TBI project was done at Maud Tea Estate, Assam, India to find out an effective pathway for growing healthy and productive young tea plants. Seven different organic packages of practice were chosen to evaluate their potential in terms of crop efficiency as well as soil quality rejuvenation. Crop yield was recorded of highest value under Inhana Rational Farming (IRF-2: made tea 807 kgha-1) package of practice. Yield under the treatment was 55.2 percent higher than control and about 25.6 percent higher than the next best performing package of practice i.e. VMI (653 kgha-1). The third highest yield was obtained under IRF-1 and VCO, which recorded almost similar crop (made tea: 619 & 618 kgha-1 resp.) followed by BD (593 kgha-1), Co (567 kgha-1) and MI (556 kgha-1) packages. Value cost ratio (VCR), which is excess revenue generated per unit rupee invested; followed similar trend as observed in case of New Plantation experiment indicating highest economic sustainability under IRF-2 (4.37) followed by IRF-1 (2.33) package. Value cost ratio in case of other organic packages varied between 0.25 and 1.02, indicating economic vulnerability considering that VCR < 2.00 has been indicated by Agricultural economists as the critical mark below which there is no necessary risk coverage against investment towards input cost.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic package of practice, tea, agronomic efficiency, value cost ratio
Subjects: Farming Systems
Soil > Nutrient turnover
Environmental aspects
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: India
ISSN:2319-3395
Deposited By: Bera, Dr. Ranjan
ID Code:32130
Deposited On:10 Oct 2017 08:33
Last Modified:10 Oct 2017 08:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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