Vol. 13 No. 1
Efficient use of natural resources for sugarcane production in western Maharashtra
Author(s): S.D. PATOLE, J.S. KUMBHAR, AND D.B.YADAV
Abstract: The productivity of the crop primarily depends on the extent of levels of resource use and total management of the crop. The inputs play a significant role in agricultural production. The study is based on primary data which is collected from the sample sugarcane growers by cost accounting method with the help of specially designed schedules under the Maharashtra state Sponsored Cost of Cultivation Scheme. The per hectare use of human labour was maximum in adsali sugarcane while the per hectare use of bullock labour was highest in ratoon. The per hectare utilization of machine power was observed more (i.e. 44.69 hrs.) in case of adsali planting. The use of manure was not observed to be sufficient in all planting type of sugarcane. The use of manure was found less in ratoon sugarcane. In the adsali sugarcane, the per hectare use of chemical fertilizers i.e. nitrogenous, phosphorus and potash was 411.00 kg, 234.91 kg and 237.14 kg ha-1, respectively. In all planting type, the per cent gap observed in case of chemical fertilizers was excess than the recommended doses. The benefit cost ratio at cost ā€˜Cā€™ was highest in case of ratoon sugarcane (1.58). The inputs used by the sugarcane growers for all the planting types were below than recommendation except chemical fertilizers. The inputs used by the sugarcane growers for all the planting types were below than recommendation except chemical fertilizers.
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