IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF INTEGRATED NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT ON GROWTH, YIELD AND ECONOMICS OF GARLIC (ALLIUM SATIVUM L.) CV. G-282 THROUGH FRONT LINE DEMONSTRATIONNishith Gupta, K.S. Bhargav, Savita Kumari and A.K. Dixit
A field trial on Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) in garlic were conducted with farmers participation in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh for four consecutive years from 2015-16 to 2018-19 to assess the impact of INM on the performance of garlic crop. Demonstration on INM were conducted by applying FYM (15 t/ ha) + NPKS (75:40:40:40Kg/ha) + Zinc (5 Kg/ha) + Azospirillum and PSB each @ 5 Kg/ha. The study revealed that application of recommended dose of inorganic fertilizers, organic and bio-fertilizers enhanced the growth, yield and yield attributing characters as well as economic performance of garlic. The plant height, number of leaves per plant, neck thickness, bulb diameter and bulb weight was found highest in demonstration plots as compared to farmers practice. The average bulb yield recorded in demonstration plots was 106.74 q/ha which was 16.86% more than farmers practice (91.94 q/ha). An average of Rs. 1,30,618 per hectare net profit was recorded under demonstration plots while it was Rs. 1,04,977 per hectare under farmers practice. The benefit cost ratio was highest in demonstrations (2.74) as compared to farmerâs practice (2.44).