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Indian Journal of Social Research Vol.54 (3) (May - June, 2013) (251-259)

RESOURCE PRODUCTIVITY OF MANGO ORCHARDS UNDER DRIP AND SURFACE IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

B Sowjanya
Research Scholar , Department of Agricultural Economics
Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad

R Vijaya Kumari
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics
Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad

Abstract

The present study was under taken to study the efficiency of mango cultivation under different irrigation systems, to assess the opinion of the farmers on installation and performance of drip irrigation system in mango, with a sample of 30 drip and 60 surface irrigated farmers in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The production function analysis indicated increasing returns to scale in drip (∑bi =1.6949) and surface irrigated farms (∑bi =1.1134). Large number of farmers had felt the advantages in drip irrigation like water saving, labour cost saving for irrigation, improved quality produce, decrease in weed growth, etc.

Introduction

Mango is one of the most economically important fruit crop. Mangoes are produced in 90 countries world wide in about 8.5 million acres.  India being the largest producer, produces about 150 lakh tones of mangoes every year. Mango is the leading fruit crop of Andhra Pradesh, contributes about 18.1 per cent of total mango production in the country occupying an area of 3.93 lakh hectares which accounts for 60 percent of the total area under fruits with an annual production of about 21.42 lakh MTs. Krishna district stands first in mango area with 0.62 lakh hectares followed by Chittoor.

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