Vol. 10 No. 2
Performance of dill germplasm as intercrop and mono-crop in the Gangetic plains of West Bengal
Author(s): N. Chattopadhyay, A. Bhattacharjya and J. K. Hore
Abstract: Dill (Anethum sowa) is a spice crop belongs to the family Apiaceae. Its young aromatic foliage is used in culinary and the essential oil derives from its seed having antioxidant and medicinal properties (Rajeswari et al., 2006). Dill is mainly cultivated in winter in Northern Indian plain. Dill is a new introduction in West Bengal. Therefore, the choice of a suitable cultivar/germplasms is of paramount importance for successful cultivation of this crop. Tezpat (Cinnamomum tamala) is an evergreen aromatic tree. Leaves are generally used for flavoring meats, sausages and sauces. Leaves contain essential oil. Curry leaf (Murraya koenigii Ispreng) is a condiment of Rutaceae family used in South India culinary preparations, mainly to increase the flavor and taste of the food. It is also used as a remedy in rheumatism, leprosy, epilepsy, piles, diarrohea, fever, worms. It islaxative, analgesic, astringent, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, improvesbrainandcureseyedisease Intercropping refers to growing annuals or biennials in the interspaces of the main crop .The concept of inter cropping is not too familiar among the growers of West Bengal mainly because of their lack of knowledge and poor economic condition. Natural resources of crop production viz., soil, space and solar energy are not utilized fully by tezpat and curry leaf as a monocrop, particularly at their initial stage of development.Since no work has been reported regarding intercropping of dill with tezpat or curry leaf in our country and abroad the present study was undertaken to evaluate the suitability of dill as intercrop in tezpat and curry leaf and evaluation of germplasms as inter crop and monocrop under new gangetic plains of West Bengal.......
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