Vol. 11 No. 1
Economics of lentil cultivation in Nadia district of West Bengal
Author(s): S. CHATTERJEE, J. RAY, 1R. NATH, 1S. K. GUNRI, 2T. BISWAS AND 3A. SARKER
Abstract: The diversification of cereal based production systems, adding legumes to the mix, is a strategy that boost nutritional and food security, improve incomes and livelihoods in rural communities of West Bengal. Lentil is one of the most nutritious cool season pulse crop in West Bengal. Lentil productivity in West Bengal is higher (762 kg ha-1) compared to all India average (697 kg ha-1). The economic analysis of lentil production along with identification of constraints in its way has been studied. The study was based on the data for the year 2012-13. Simple tabular analysis was carried out for calculating inputs and materials used, cost of cultivation, gross return, net return and benefit - cost ratio. Crop performance was studied through composite index score. The Garret’s ranking technique was used to identify and prioritize the constraints of lentil production. Results revealed that average cost of production was ‘ 22479/- ha-1and average gross and net return were in the tune of ‘ 42640/- and ‘ 20161/- ha-1and benefit –cost ratio was 2.00 respectively. The main constraints were non availability of quality lentil seeds in time, lack of soil testing facilities, high price of seeds, lack of processing units and storage facilities disease and pest incidence and lack of credit facilities etc.
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