Vol. 7, Issue 1 (2019)
Economics of mixed cropping in juvenile oil palm orchard
Author(s): MS Gawankar, PM Haldankar, HP Maheswarappa, KV Malshe, PC Haldavanekar and BR Salvi
Abstract: Oil Palm is major source of vegetable oil with an average oil yield level of 4 to 6 tonnes per hector compared to any other vegetable oil yielding crop. As it is planted on wider spacing there is a scope for raising intercrops in oil palm plantations during juvenile phase. The attempt was made to suggest suitable, compatible and profitable intercrops in juvenile oil palm gardenat College of Horticulture, Mulde during the year 2014 to 2017.Banana, Pineapple and Elephant foot yam were taken as intercrops. Three years study revealed that from banana farmers Rs. 55,833 ha-1, Elephant foot yam Rs. 61,950 and Rs. 27,500 from pineapple could be obtained. Yield of oil palm in intercrops was 10.53t ha-1whileit was only 7.64 t ha-1in without intercrops. The net returns were Rs. 89,549 year-1 in intercropping with B: C ratio of 1.83 and it was negative (Rs.10,021 year-1) in sole crop. Thus, study suggested that growing Banana, Pineapple and Elephant foot yam as a mixed crop up to 4 years is profitable under South Konkan region of Maharashtra.
How to cite this article:
MS Gawankar, PM Haldankar, HP Maheswarappa, KV Malshe, PC Haldavanekar and BR Salvi. Economics of mixed cropping in juvenile oil palm orchard. 2019; 7(1): 71-73.