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Impact of ridge-furrow planting in Pakistan: empirical evidence from the farmers field

Author: Hussain, I.
Author: Ali, A.
Author: Ansaar Ahmed
Author: Hafiz Nasrullah
Author: Badar ud Din Khokhar
Author: Shahid Iqbal
Author: Azhar Mahmood Aulakh
Author: Atta ullah Khan
Author: Jamil Akhter
Author: Gulzar Ahmed
Year: 2018
ISSN: 1687-8159 (Print) 1687-8167 (Online)
Abstract: Wheat is planted through the broadcast method on 7.8 million ha and irrigated through low-efficiency flood basin irrigation methods. With decreased water availability, there is a need to adopt water use efficient planting techniques. The current paper uses two-year trials data set as well as farmer survey data to demonstrate benefits of ridge-furrow planting wheat and farmer perception regarding the technology in Pakistan. During 2014–15 and 2015–16, ridge-furrow planting of wheat was compared with farmer practice of planting on flat surface through broadcasting at 162 sites located in 15 districts of Pakistan. In a survey, 134 farmers shared their experiences about ridge-furrow planting. Data collected from field trials and demonstrations showed that better tillering and crop growth contributed towards 12% higher wheat grain yield with ridge-furrow planting in comparison with the farmer practice of flat planting in all 15 districts during both years. Furrow-irrigated ridge planting of wheat helped farmers in saving of 30–35% water in comparison with farmer practice. Farmers adopting ridge-furrow wheat planting earned USD 100.63 per hectare more profit than nonadopter farmers. Adoption of this technology on one million hectare can help in saving 1 million acre foot of water and produce additional 0.36 million tons of wheat per year.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
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Type: Article
Country focus: Pakistan
Place of Publication: New York, U.S.
Issue: art. 3798037
Volume: 2018
DOI: 10.1155/2018/3798037
Country of Focus: PAKISTAN
Agrovoc: FARMERS
Agrovoc: WHEAT
Journal: International Journal of Agronomy

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  • Sustainable Intensification
    Sustainable intensification agriculture including topics on cropping systems, agronomy, soil, mechanization, precision agriculture, etc.

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