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Studies on Integrated Farming Systems For Tribal Areas of Eastern Ghats In Andhra Pradesh

Studies on Integrated Farming Systems For Tribal Areas of Eastern Ghats In Andhra Pradesh

D. Sekhar K., Tejeswara Rao N., Venugopala Rao

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Integrated farming system studies comprising enterprises viz. field and horticultural crops, poultry, fishery (0.20 ha) and apiary (5 bee hive boxes) were evaluated in 0.6 ha area at Regional Agricultural Research Station, Chintapalli of high altitude and tribal zone of Andhra Pradesh during 2009-2012 with a view to generate sustainable production and profitability for small and marginal farmers. Field crops + Poultry + Fishery + Horticulture system recorded profitable integrated farming system with net income of Rs.29,102 and B:C ratio of 1.83 with productivity of 14.40 (t ha-1) and 464 man days/ha/year over arable cropping returns (Rs.14500/ha) and B:C ratio (1.47) with less productivity (7.50 t ha-1). Integrated farming system offer a pragmatic solution to meet the increasing demand for food, diversification in food habits and stabilizing the income thus improving the nutrition of the small-scale farmers with limited resources.

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