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Adoption of Rational Farming Technology for Development of a Model for Exploring Sustainable Farming Practice in Farmer’s Field

Barik, AK; Chatterjee, Ashis Kumar; Mondal, B; Datta, Anupam; Saha, S; Nath, R; Bera, R and Seal, A (2014) Adoption of Rational Farming Technology for Development of a Model for Exploring Sustainable Farming Practice in Farmer’s Field. The International Journal Of Science & Technoledge, 4 (2), pp. 147-155.

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The effectivity of Inhana Rational Farming (IRF) Technology was critically evaluated as a model of Sustainable Farming Practice in farmers’ field using okra (variety : Shakti - F1 hybrid) as test crop. The stusy was conducted at Binuria village in Birbhum District of West Bengal during February to October (2013). The village is in close vicinity of Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. The study area lies in 23.660 N and 87.630E at about 179 ft. above MSL, with level to nearly level landscape. The experiment was laid down as per randomized block design (RBD) with 7 treatments replicated 3 times. The treatments included local farming practice with chemical inputs, organic farming practice (Inhana Rational Farming (IRF) Technology’ developed by Dr. P. Das Biswas, Founder, Inhana Biosciences, Kolkata) as well as integrated farming practice (combination of chemical and organic inputs for both soil and plant management). The most significant finding was that 100% reduction of chemical pesticide can be economically viable in the very first year with adoption of IRF Organic Package of Practice, under which 13.6% yield increase was recorded as compared to conventional farmer’s practice. Also when IRF was adopted for integrated cultivation model, higher yield as well as higher net income was obtained in comparison to conventional Farmer’s practice. Upto 144.5% higher Nitrogen Utilization efficiency and 32.8 % higher partial factor productivity was recorded under treatments with IRF Package. This higher response might be due to increased uptake and utilization of indigenous nutrients under the influence of high quality Novcom compost containing huge population (in order of 1016 c.f.u per gm moist compost) of self- generated microbes, which led to better nutrient (both macro and micro) mineralization in soil for plant uptake. This was also complimented by IRF Plant Management Package, which perhaps enhanced plant physiological functioning in terms of better N uptake and its utilization within plants.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic Farming, Integrated Cultivation Practice, Rational Farming Technology, Farmer’s Practice, Okra, Soil Quality, N Use Efficiency
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Soil > Soil quality
Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: India
ISSN:2321 –919X
Deposited By: Bera, Dr. Ranjan
ID Code:32203
Deposited On:10 Oct 2017 12:54
Last Modified:10 Oct 2017 12:54
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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