Volume 3, Number 4, January - June, 2014

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The farmers of Dahod district were growing Maize crops as per their traditional crops. The annual income of the farmers was very low. To increase the annual income of the farmers a crop diversification activity were taken under NAIP-III selected villages of Dahod district. The literacy rate was very poor and the farmers were doing agriculture and animal husbandry and their income was below Rs.11000 annually. It was observed that crop diversification was one aspect to increase the income of the rural farmers. It was also observed that some farmers were not ready to replace the traditional crops. From the cropping pattern and types of soil the Kharif maize crop of the villages was replaced by soybean crop. Consequently, they got scientific knowledge to grow the soybean crop. It was calculated that highest percentages of farmers were come under age group of 36 to 50 years. After this intervention their yields and income was gradually increased and farmers were satisfied in production of soybean crops. Therefore, diversification of maize crop by soybean crops provides livelihood security to the tribal farmers of Dahod district (Ref: Patel SK, Patel UM, Trivedi MM, Machhar RG, Kacha HL. Crop Diversification for Sustainable Development. Spring, 2014, 3(4), 6-10), (Image: bioweb.uwlax.edu).

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Crop Diversification for Sustainable Development

Patel SK, Patel UM, Trivedi MM, Machhar RG, Kacha HL

The farmers of Dahod district were growing Maize crops as per their traditional crops. The annual income of the farmers was very low. To increase the annual income of the farmers a crop diversification activity were taken under NAIP-III selected villages of Dahod district. The literacy rate was very poor and the farmers were doing agriculture and animal husbandry and their income was below Rs.11000 annually. It was observed that crop diversification was one aspect to increase the income of the rural farmers. It was also observed that some farmers were not ready to replace the traditional crops. From the cropping pattern and types of soil the Kharif maize crop of the villages was replaced by soybean crop. Consequently, they got scientific knowledge to grow the soybean crop. It was calculated that highest percentages of farmers were come under age group of 36 to 50 years. After this intervention their yields and income was gradually increased and farmers were satisfied in production of soybean crops. Therefore, diversification of maize crop by soybean crops provides livelihood security to the tribal farmers of Dahod district.

Spring, 2014, 3(4), 6-10

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