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Organic production techniques in Pigeonpea - Cropping System

Organic production techniques in Pigeonpea - Cropping System

Mono-cropping of red gram is unsustainable due to more pest-attack, and delayed income. But to reduce pest attack and to ensure intermittent income, in mono-cropping, mix 1-2 % seeds of sorghum or other millet with red gram at the time of sowing. Growing of two rows of Moong after every two rows of red gram is also beneficial. It not only ensures some Moong yield as bonus, but its biomass mulch reduces the growth of weeds, preserves soil moisture and ensures increased productivity of red gram. Leafy vegetable can also be taken as intercrop in between two rows of red gram. Random growth of sorghum or maize plants, act as bird perches and attracts birds and predator insects that control pests. One or two row of marigold around the field or random planting of about 100 marigold plants/acre also helps in control of insects and pests.

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