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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2000  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 12  |  Page No.: 2095 - 2097

Crop Productivity and Economics of Wheat-methra Intercropping in Different Wheat-strip Arrangements under Irrigated Conditions

M. Shafi Nazir, M. Naveed Afzal, Abdul Jabbar, Muhammad Saeed and Shah Nawaz    

Abstract: Intercropping of methra between 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-row strips of wheat decreased wheat grain yield by 26.92, 22.98, 18.96 and 15.48% respectively compared to wheat alone. However, at the cost of this much reduction in wheat grain yield, additional harvests of 740, 549.5, 382 and 241.5 kg ha–1 of methra from 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-row wheat strips, respectively, were obtained which compensated more than the losses in wheat production. Among the various wheat-methra intercropping systems, the highest net income of Rs. 19463 ha 1 with benefit cost ratio of 5.10 was obtained from wheat grown in 100 cm-spaced 4 cm-row strips + 3 rows of methra, while minimum net income of Rs. 11723 ha–1 with benefit cost ratio of 3.78 from sole cropping of methra.

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