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Dr. PANJABRAO DESHMUKH KRISHI VISHWA VIDYAPEETH, AKOLA, MAHARASHTRA


Historical background:

Till the agricultural universities were established the agricultural education and research were managed by the respective State Department of Agriculture and Colleges were affiliated to the traditional universities in the state. Looking to the complexity of the agricultural problems and in-depth education and research, the concept of farm universities was conceived, with the recommendations of Radhakrishnan Commission (1948) and the agricultural universities were established in the country from 1960.

Climatic conditions

Rainfall in cotton growing areas of Vidarbha

The All India Coordinated Research Project on Cotton (AICRP) started functioning at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri during 1972-73 as per sanction accorded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi (ICAR) vide its letter No. 4-8/71-CC-II dated 11th Feb. 1972. Initially, the research work on rainfed cotton started at Rahuri. However, major area of rainfed cotton in Western Maharashtra lies in the districts of Jalgaon and Dhule and negligible area of rainfed cotton in districts of Western Maharashtra.

Climatic conditions

Particulars Western Zone (Assured rainfall) Central Zone (Medium rainfall) Eastern Zone (High rainfall)
Average Rainfall (mm) 845 1119 1400
Rainfall range (mm) 700-950 950-1250 1150-1750
  • Cotton is grown in the region where annual rainfall varies from 600 to 750 mm.
  • Cotton is grown on medium to deep well drained soil since it cannot withstand excessive moisture and water logging.
  • It is generally grown on soil having pH between 6-8.5.
  • It requires minimum 15oC temperature for better germination.
  • However, during vegetative stage it requires 21° C to 27° C temperature for optimum growth and 27-33oC temperature during flowering and boll development stage for better boll development.
  • Hot day and cool night climate is required in reproductive stage for enhancing the boll formation and boll bursting.
  • Prolonged dry spells are of common occurrence in these areas.
  • Most of the cotton cultivated under rainfed conditions
  • Protective irrigation is given to cotton during dry spells.
  • Intercropping with Pigeonpea is most prominent

Major Cotton growing Districts

Akola, Buldana, Washim, Amravati, Yavatmal, Nagpur, Chandrapur and Bhandara

Mandate and Objectives


  • To develop high yielding varieties/hybrids of Bt and Non Bt hirsutum and cotton suitable for Rainfed cultivation in Vidarbha region
  • To develop high yielding varieties/hybrids of arborerum cotton suitable for Rainfed cultivation

Cotton Breeding

  • Fundamental research including the interspecific breeding by use of wild species of cotton such as Gosssypium anomaolum, G.raimondii, G.thurberi, G. aridum etc. to enlarge the gene pool.
  • Breeding for high yielding clean seeded varieties in both deshi and American cotton.
  • Breeding for high ginning percentage, superior fibre qualities and boll size in both deshi and American cotton.
  • Heterosis breeding program for yield and fibre quality improvement and for tolerance to major pest and diseases
  • Development of plant ideotypes, suitable for mechanical/ rainfed cultivation in both American and arboreum cotton
  • Development of fibre properties in diploid cotton.

Cotton Agronomy

  • To find out agronomic requirements for newly released and pre-released varieties/hybrids.
  • Study on integrated nutrient management practices in cotton
  • Development of suitable agro techniques according to soil type (shallow & deep)
  • To find out profitable intercropping system for new cotton varieties/bt hybrids under rainfed condition.
  • Crop canopy management – Impact of foliar feeding of various nutrients and chemicals on hybrid seed production.

Cotton Entomology

  • Screening of breeding material for their reaction against key pest of cotton.
  • To find out suitable, economic and effective pest control measures for major pests of cotton
  • Insect pest control through integrated pest management
  • Observations on the occurrence of key pests of cotton

Cotton Pathology

  • Screening of cotton breeding lines against major and minor diseases of cotton.
  • Observations on the occurrence of diseases
  • Observations on appearance and progress of cotton diseases in relation to weather parameters.
  • To find out suitable economic and effective disease control measures through integrated disease management.

Name of the ScientistDr. N. R.Potdukhe
DesignationSenior Research Scientist
DisciplinePlant Breeding
Year Since ICAR-AICRP
on Cotton
2020
Mob:+918275013903

Name of the ScientistDr. Godawari Gaikwad
Designation Assistant Cotton Agronomist
DisciplineAgronomy
Year Since ICAR-AICRP
on Cotton
2017 To 2019
Mob:7058480171

Name of the ScientistDr. S. U. Kakade
Designation Assistant Cotton Agronomist
DisciplineAgronomy
Year Since ICAR-AICRP
on Cotton
November,2019
Mob:9822238780
E-mail: snjykakade@gmail.com

Name of the Scientist P. W. Nemade
Designation Assistant Cotton Entomologist
DisciplineEntomology
Year Since ICAR-AICRP
on Cotton
2011 To 2020
Mob:+919850208111

Name of the ScientistDr. S. U. Kakade
Designation Assistant Cotton Entomologist
DisciplineEntomology
Year Since ICAR-AICRP
on Cotton
2020
Mob:+919423498647
E-mail:prashantpatil325@yahoo.in

Awards


  • Entomology- Dr.P.W.Nemade- Received Best Poster Presentation Award for outstanding research for the direct benefit of farming community on the occasion of XVII Shri. Vasantrao Naik Memorial National Seminar held at Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola during 15-16th Dec. 2018.
  • Entomology- Dr.P.W.Nemade- Received Best Poster Presentation Award for outstanding research on the occasion of Global Organic Convention-2019 held at Le Meridien Hotel, Nagpur, India held during 15-17 September, 2019.
  • Agronomy- Dr. S.U.Kakade- Received Late. Lakshmikant Kokil Award for best article published in marathi in the Souvenir published in two days Sinchan Parishad organized by Maharashtra Sinchan Parishad and Dept.of Irrigation & drainage, Dr.PDKV ,Akola during 18-19th 2020.
  • Agronomy- Dr. S.U.Kakade- Received Best Poster Presentation Award in National Symposium of IPS West Zone on " Probing beneficial microorganism for next green revolution” organized by Indian Phyto-pathology Society and Dr.PDKV, Akola held during 25-26th February,2021 on online mode

PPV&FRA Registration


  • AKA-8. Reg. no.45/2011 dated: 24th Jun, 2012
  • PKV Hy-4 (CAHH-8). Reg. no.46/2011 dated: 24th Jun, 2012
  • PKV Hy-5 (CAHH-99). Reg. no.78/2012 dated: 2nd Jul, 2012
  • AKA-7 (AKA-8307). Reg. no.107/2012 dated: 2nd Aug, 2012
  • AKH-8828. Reg. no.109/2012 dated: 2nd Aug, 2012
  • PKV DH-1 (AKDH-7). Reg. no.119/2012 dated: 3rd Sept, 2012
  • PKV Suvarna (AKDH-5). Reg. no.401/2014 dated: 14th Jul, 2014

Publications


  • Deshmukh, S. B., Rathod, T. H., Bhowate, R. T., Ujjainkar, V. V., Nemade,P. W., Kamble P. S. and Bhagat G. J. Assessment of Promising Deshi Cotton Genotypes to Mitigate Current Climatic Situation of Vidarbha. J. Agric. Res. Technol., 44 (1): 183-186 (2019): 183-186. NAAS Rating-4.18
  • Deshmukh,S. B., Rathod, T. H., Bhowate, R. T. Ujjainkar, V. V., Nemade, P. W., Deshmukh, V. V., Paslawar, N., Wandhare, M. R., Bhagat G. J. and Gaikwad G. S. AKH-09-5: A Promising American Cotton Genotype for Sustained Productivity under Rainfed Cultivation of Maharashtra. PKV Res. Journal
  • Bhimate, M. K., Deshmukh, S. B., Rathod, D. R. and Jadhav, P.V. Assessment of genetic diversity in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) genotypes using morphological traits. VOL. VIII, Special Issue, A (2019), 142-147. NAAS Rating-5.20
  • Wakode, Y. S., Deshmukh, S. B., Yadav Yogita and Nagrale, S. C. Role of morpho-physio characters imparting tolerance in cotton sucking pests. J. Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, 8(4): 2965-2968 (2019). NAAS Rating-5.21
  • Yadav Yogita, Rathod, T. H, Deshmukh, S. B. andWakode, Y. S. Evaluation of American cotton genotypes for yield and yield contributing parameters. J. Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, 8(4): 2969-2972 (2019). NAAS Rating-5.21
  • Yadav Yogita, Rathod, T. H, Durge, D. V. and Deshmukh, S. B. Evaluation of American cotton genotypes for morphological and growth parameters. Int. J. Chemical Studies, 7(4): 2476-2479 (2019). NAAS Rating-5.21
  • Kanwade, D.G., Kute, N.S., Jaybhaye, C.P., Deshmukh, S.B., Giri M.D. and Pawar, V.Y. Gene action for seed yield and maturity traits in Mungbean (Vigna radiate (L.) R.Wilczek). Frontiers in Crop Improvement, Vol. 7 (2): 142-144 (2019). NAAS Rating-3.62
  • PN Bobade, SB Amarshettiwar, N V Kayande, ER Vaidya and NR Tayade. Association of important morpho-physiological and biochemical traits associated with grain yield for moisture stress tolerance in rabi sorghum under late sown condition. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2019; 8(5): 1066-1069
  • PN Bobade, SB Amarshettiwar, TH Rathod, RB Ghorade, NV Kayande and YM Yadav. Effect of polyethylene glycol induced water stress on germination and seedling development of rabi sorghum genotypes. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2019; 8(5): 852-856
  • Milind P. Meshram, S. R. Kamdi, R. D. Deotale, N. V. Kayande, G. A. Kankal, Vandana S. Madke and S. A. Patil. Hybrid Pigeonpea: A ray of hope for breaking yield platue in Pigeonpea. International Journal of Advance and Innovative Research,2019 6,(2) April - June, 2019
  • Khonde SS, Phad DS, Bharad SG and Kayande NV. Physiological evaluation of wheat genotypes under normal irrigated and non-irrigated conditions. International Journal of Chemical Studies 2020; 8(2): 1698-1704
  • Jadhav MB, PW Nemade, JS Ingole and SB Kumre. Estimation of avoidable crop losses due to bollworm complex in bt cotton. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies Vol. 7 (2) Mar-April 2019: 617-620. NASS Score: 5.53
  • MB Jadhav, PW Nemade, SB Kumre and JS Ingole. Estimation of spray frequency for management of bollworm complex damage in Bt cotton. Internationl Journal of chemical Studies Vol. 7 (5) Sep-Oct. 2019: 442-446. NASS Score: 5.31
  • KN Jawanjal, PW Nemade, SB Kumre and AS Sontakke. Effect of bio rational management practices on pink bollworm damage in Bt cotton. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies Vol. 7 (6) Nov-Dec 2019: 151-157. NASS Score: 5.53
  • J. S. Ingole, P. W. Nemade, S. B. Kumre. Estimation of boll damage by pink bollworm Pectinophora gossypiella in cotton under different sowing dates. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies Vol. 7 (1) Jan-Feb. 2019: 583-586. (NASS Score: 5.53)
  • J. S. Ingole, P. W. Nemade, S. B. Kumre. Estimation of crop damage due to pink bollworm Pectinophora gossypiella in cotton. The Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. (NASS Score: 6.17)
  • S.S.Rawat, , D.T.Deshmukh and S.M.Ghawade. Correlation and Path Coefficient Studies in Ajwain for Yield and Yield Attributing Traits. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences. ISSN: 2319-7706, Vol 9 No. 1 (2020) NASS -
  • Joyti Jaybhaye, S.U.Kakade, J.P.Deshmukh, S.S.Thakare, M.S.Solanke. Effect of pre and post emergence herbicides on weeds, productivity and profitability of maize (Zea mays L.). International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences 2020, 9(5): 2797-2805
  • S.U. Kakade, J.P. Deshmukh, N.D. Parlawar, S.S.Thakare. Efficacy of pre and post emergence herbicides with cultural practices on weeds, productivity and profitability in turmeric (Curcuma longa L.). Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry: 2020:9(3): 759-762
  • AkankshaThakare, S.U. Kakade, J.P. Deshmukh, S.S.Thakare, W.V. More. Effect of pre and post emergence herbicides on nutrients uptake and soil microflora in onion. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry: 2020, 9(3):2268-2271
  • S.U. Kakade, J.P.Deshmukh, N.D.Parlawar, R.M. Indore, S.S.Thakare. Efficacy of different post-emergence herbicide in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). International Journal of Chemical Studies: 2020, 8(3):2940-2944
  • Joytijaybhaye, S.U.Kakade, J.P.Deshmukh, S.S.Thakare, M.S.Solanke. Effect of Pre and Post Emergence Herbicides on Nutrients Uptake and Soil Microflora in Maize. International Journal of Pure and Applied Biosciences: 2020, 8(3):528-533
  • AkankshaThakare, S.U. Kakade, J.P. Deshmukh, N.D.Parlawar, S.S.Thakare.Efficacy of Pre and Post Emergence Herbicides against Weed Flora in Onion (Allium cepa L.). International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences: 2020, 9(7): 301-310
  • S.U. Kakade, J.P.Deshmukh, S.S.Thakare, M.S.Solanke. Efficacy of pre- and post-emergence herbicides in maize.Indian Journal of Weed Science: 2020, 52(2):143–146
  • N.S.Suradkar, S.U. Kakade, N.D.Parlawar, M.R.Deshmukh, S.S.Sarode. Response of drip fertigation and its interval on nutrient uptake, nutrient use efficiency, water use efficiency and yield of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). International Journal of Chemical Studies: 2020,8(5):1268-1272
  • N.S.Suradkar, S.U. Kakade, N.D.Parlawar, M.R.Deshmukh, S.S.Sarode. Effect of drip fertigation and its interval on growth, yield and economics of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry: 2020:9(5):1918-1921
  • S.U. Kakade, J.P.Deshmukh, M.S.Solanke, S.S.Thakare, W.V.More. Efficacy of Post Emergence Herbicides in Groundnut. Legume Research- An International Journal: Published Online: 09-11-2020
  • S. S. Thakare, L. A. Mohurle, S.U.Kakade, J.P.Deshmukh, N. D.Parlawar. A Review on Response of Pigeonpea to Different Drip Fertigation Levels. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences: 2020: 9(10):2490-2502
  • Khonde S.S., Phad D.S., Bharad S.G. and Kayande N.V. Physiological evaluation of wheat genotypes under normal irrigated and non-irrigated conditions. International Journal of Chemical Studies: 2020; 8(2): 1698-1704
  • S. B Deshmukh, D. T. Deshmukh, T. H. Rathod, P. W. Nemade, V. M. Bhale, V. K. Kharche, Anil Bhandari, S. M. Pundkar, P. S. Lahane, V. V. Thakare, U. Y. Gawande, N. S. Parde, P. P. Jain and G. P. Dahale. PKV Hy 2 BG II: Successfully commercialized first Bt cotton hybrid of public sector in Maharashtra. National Symposium on "Cotton Production Technologies in the Next Decade: Problems and Perspectives" at Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar during 22-24 /01/ 2020: 267-273
  • D.T.Deshmukh, R.T.Bhowate, S.B.Deshmukh, N.Y.Kayande, O.S.Rakhonde, P.W.Nemade. Evaluation of Newly Developed Desi Cotton Genotypes under Rainfed Condition.State level seminar on “Frontier technologies for climate resilient agriculture” organized by Akola Chapter of Soil Science, Dept.of SSAC, Dr.PDKV, Akola during 17-18th February,2020.
  • G. S. Lahariya, Y. D. Kadam, A. B. Agae and O. S. Rakhonde. Interactive effect of biochar, FYM and Nitrogen on soil properties and yield of black gram grown in vertisols. J of Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry: 9(6)2020: 249-253
  • Y. D. Kadam, G. S. Lahariya A. B. Agae and O. S. Rakhonde. Effect of biochar, FYM and Nitrogen on uptake of nutrients, quality and yield of Blackgram. International J of Pure & Applied Chemistry: 21 (22) 2020: 9-16
  • S. S. Hadole, P. A. Sarap, J. N. Parmar and O. S. Rakhonde. Study of soil chemical properties, available sulpher and micronutrients status of soil in Solapur District. Indian J. Pure & Applied Biosciences. 8(6): 2020: 67-72
  • H. B. Kumbhalkar, V. L. Gawande, S. B. Deshmukh, V. P. Gotmare and V. N. Waghmare. Stabilized Heterosis Studies for Seed Cotton Yield and Component Traits in Upland Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Int. J. Curr. Microbiol. App. Sci: 2021: 10 (07): 99-113
  • H. B. Kumbhalkar, V. L. Gawande, S. B. Deshmukh, V. P. Gotmare and V. N. Waghmare. Genotype x Environment interaction for seed cotton yield and component traits in upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Electronic Journal of Plant Breeding: 2021:12(4):1209 – 1217
  • Vaishnavi Gawande, T.H. Rathod, S. B. Deshmukh and S. B. Bakal. Influence of chitosan on morphological, physiological and growth parameters of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). The Pharma Innovation Journal: 2022:11(3): 2245-2252
  • Vaishnavi Gawande, T.H. Rathod, S. M. Shinde and S. B. Deshmukh. Impact of chitosan on morpho-physiological parameters of crop plant. The Pharma Innovation Journal; 2022; SP-11(4): 239-242
  • S.U. Kakade, J.P. Deshmukh, N.D. Parlawar, V.V. Goud.Response of Split Application of Nutrients through Fertigation in Pigeonpea. Legume Research- An International Journal Online19-01-2021
  • S.U. Kakade, J.P. Deshmukh, S.S.Thakare, M.S. Solanke. Weed management in wheat by pre-emergence and pre-mix post-emergence combinations of herbicides. Indian Journal of Weed Science: 2021:52(4) 331-335
  • R.S.Pise, S.U. Kakade, VV.Goud, N.D.Parlawar. Optimization of plant geometry for Bt cotton varieties under rainfed condition in inceptisol. PKV Res. Journal
  • Vaishnavi Gawande, T.H. Rathod, S. B. Deshmukh and S. B. Bakal. Influence of chitosan on morphological, physiological and growth parameters of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). The Pharma Innovation Journal: 2022:11(3): 2245-2252
  • Vaishnavi Gawande, T.H. Rathod, S. M. Shinde and S. B. Deshmukh. Impact of chitosan on morpho-physiological parameters of crop plant.The Pharma Innovation Journal: 2022; SP-11(4): 239-242
  • R.S.Pise, S.U.Kakade, V.V.Goud and N.D.Parlawar. Effect of planting geometry on growth and yield of different Bt varieties. PKV Research Journal: 2022,44(1) 83-88
  • O.S. Rakhonde, V.K. Kharche, S.D. Jadhao, D.V. Mali and A.N. Paslawar. Effect of crop residue recycling and nutrient management on soil properties under cotton based intercropping systems in Vertisol. The Pharma Innovation Journal: 2022 10(11):1113-1118
  • Kaveri Chawan, NV Kayande and Swati G Bharad. Estimating heterosis in wheat for yield and yield component characteristics using line x tester mating design (Triticum aestivum L.). The Pharma Innovation Journal: 2022; 11(12): 3250-3254
  • Kaveri Chawan, NV Kayande and Swati G Bharad. Estimates of general and specific combining ability for yield and yield contributing traits in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). International Journal of Chemical Studies: 2022; 10(4): 30-33
  • Raju M. Gavhane, S.K.Bhakare, P.P.Patil and D.B.Undirwade. ITK Components for management of Aphids and Leaf hoppers in Bt Cotton. Multilogic in Science, Vol. XII, Issue XXXXII, April 2022: 98-100  

Trials conducted


Details of the trials conducted

Plant Breeding


2018-19

  • Pro.Br.03(b)- Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)- Coordinated trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.24(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL- Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton (LL)
  • Pro.Br.25(b)- Coordinated hybrid trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • NT Br. 02 (b) IVT of G. hirsutum cotton
  • NT Br. 06 (b) IVT of compact G. hirsutum cotton
  • NT Br. 25 (b) PHT of G. arboreum cotton
  • NT Br. 22 (b) PHT of G. arboreum cotton
  • NT Br. 22 (b) LL PVT of G. arboreum cotton
  • Initial Evaluation trial of H x H Cotton hybrids, rainfed
  • Initial Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (IET I)
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (AET I)

2019-20

  • Pro.Br.03(b)- Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)- Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum compact genotypes
  • Pro.Br.24(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum long linted cotton
  • Pro.Br.25(b)-Coordinated hybrid trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • NT Br. 02 (b) IVT of G. hirsutum cotton
  • NT Br. 06 (b) IVT of compact G. hirsutum cotton
  • NT Br. 25 (b) PHT of G. arboreum cotton
  • NT Br. 22 (b) PHT of G. arboreum cotton
  • NT Br. 22 (b) LL PVT of G. arboreum cotton
  • Initial Evaluation trial of H x H Cotton hybrids, rainfed
  • Initial Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (IET I)
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (AET I)

2020-21

  • Pro.Br.03(b)-Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)-Coordinated trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton (LL)
  • NT Br. 02 (b) IVT of G. hirsutum cotton
  • NT Br. 06 (b) IVT of compact G. hirsutum cotton
  • NT Br. 25 (b) PHT of G. arboreum cotton
  • Initial Evaluation trial of H x H Cotton hybrids, rainfed
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of H x H Cotton hybrids, rainfed (AET I)
  • Initial Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (IET I)
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (AET I)
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (AET II)

2021-22

  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • NT Br. 22 (b) PVT of G. arboreum cotton
  • Initial Evaluation trial of H x H Cotton hybrids, rainfed
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of H x H Cotton hybrids, rainfed (AET I)
  • Initial Evaluation trial of compact Bt cotton hybrids, rainfed
  • Initial Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (IET I)
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (AET I)
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (AET II)

2022-23

  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Nt.Br.22(b)-Preliminary varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Initial Evaluation trial of H x H Cotton hybrids, rainfed
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of H x H Cotton hybrids, rainfed (AET I)
  • Initial Evaluation trial of compact Bt cotton hybrids, rainfed
  • Initial Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (IET I)
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (AET I)
  • Advanced Evaluation trial of Hirsutum Bt cotton varieties, rainfed (AET II)

Agronomy


2018-19

  • Agronomic requirement of promising pre-release/recently released Arboreum genotypes of cotton
  • Moisture conservation techniques for enhancing cotton productivity under drip Irrigation.
  • Technology for organic cotton (G. Hirsutum variety) production
  • Packages of labour-saving practices in Cotton
  • Input use pattern and cost of cultivation

2019-20

  • Agronomic requirement of promising pre-release/recently released Arboreum genotypes of cotton
  • Agronomic requirement of promising pre-release/recently released desi hybrids of cotton.
  • Evaluation of compact culture under HDPS with different nutrient levels
  • Technology for organic cotton production (New organic)
  • Labour saving techniques in cotton cultivation
  • Input use pattern and cost of cultivation
  • Standardisation of geometry for Bt varieties
  • Effect of Bio stimulant on growth and development of cotton

2020-21

  • Agronomic requirements of promising pre-release/recently released arboreum genotypes of cotton
  • Agronomic requirements of promising pre-release/recently released desi hybrids of cotton
  • Evaluation of compact culture under HDPS with different nutrient levels.
  • Technology for Organic Cotton Production. (New organic)
  • Input use pattern & cost of cultivation
  • Standardisation of geometry for Bt varieties
  • Multi-tier cropping system to enhance resource utilization, profitability and sustainability of Bt cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) production system

2021-22

  • Agronomic requirements of promising pre-release/recently released arboreum genotypes of cotton
  • Agronomic requirements of promising pre-release/recently released hirsutum of cotton
  • Technology for Organic Cotton Production. (New organic)
  • Input use pattern & cost of cultivation
  • Standardisation of geometry for Bt varieties
  • Multi-tier cropping system to enhance resource utilization, profitability and sustainability of Bt cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) production system
  • Effect of Bio stimulant on growth and development of Bt cotton hybrids/varieties
  • Integrated cotton production system

2022-23

  • Agronomic requirements of promising pre-release/recently released arborium genotypes of cotton
  • Agronomic requirements of promising pre-release/recently released hirsutum genotypes of cotton
  • Agronomic requirements of promising pre-release Bt Hybrids (BG-II) of cotton
  • Agronomic requirements of promising pre-release Bt Variety of cotton
  • Input use pattern & cost of cultivation
  • Multi-tier cropping system to enhance resource utilization, profitability and sustainability of Bt cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) production system
  • Effect of Bio stimulant on growth and development of Bt cotton hybrids/varieties
  • Effect of land configuration and plant growth regulator on drought management in cotton

Entomology


2018-19

  • Pro.Br.03(b)- Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)- Coordinated trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.24(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL- Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton (LL)
  • Pro.Br.25(b)- Coordinated hybrid trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro Ent 1(b)- Advanced screening of promising entries for development of repository
  • Pro. Ent. 2- Population dynamics to develop suitable forecasting models.
  • Pro Ent. 3- Survey for key and emerging pests in cotton in farmers fields for weekly advisory
  • Pro Ent. 4- Determination of ETLs and estimation of yield losses for cotton pink bollworm
  • Pro Ent. 6- Validation of IPM module for PBW
  • Pro Ent. 7- Evaluation of an BVG Agro Safe (a product from Plant extracts) on cotton pest complex - Paid up trial by BVG Life Sciences Ltd.
  • Pro Ent. 8- Evaluation of botanical pesticide for management of pink bollworm

2019-20

  • Pro.Br.03(b)- Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)- Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum compact genotypes
  • Pro.Br.24(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum long linted cotton
  • Pro.Br.25(b)-Coordinated hybrid trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro Ent 1(b)-Advanced screening of promising entries for development of repository
  • Pro. Ent. 2-Population dynamics to develop suitable forecasting models.
  • Pro Ent. 3-Survey for key and emerging pests in cotton in farmers fields for weekly advisory
  • Pro Ent. 4-Determination of ETLs and estimation of yield losses for cotton pink bollworm
  • Pro Ent. 6-Validation of IPM module for PBW
  • Pro Ent. 7-Evaluation of an BVG Agro Safe (a product from Plant extracts) on cotton pest complex - Paid up trial by BVG Life Sciences Ltd

2020-21

  • Pro.Br.03(b)-Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)-Coordinated trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton (LL)
  • Pro. Ent. 2-Population dynamics to develop suitable forecasting models.
  • Pro Ent. 3-Survey for key and emerging pests in cotton in farmers fields for weekly advisory
  • Pro Ent. 4-Management of sucking pests in cotton
  • Pro Ent. 6-Validation of IPM module for bollworms (H.armigera, Earias sp, P. gossypiella and Spodoptera litura )

2021-22

  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro. Ent.2-Population dynamics to develop suitable forecasting models.
  • Pro Ent. 3-Survey for key and emerging pests in cotton in farmers fields for weekly advisory
  • Pro Ent. 4-Management of sucking pests in cotton
  • Pro Ent. 5-Evaluation of Refugia in bag and structured refugia against bollworm complex in cotton
  • Pro Ent. 6-Evaluation of prominent insecticides against bollworm complex of cotton

2022-23

  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Nt.Br.22(b)-Preliminary varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro. Ent.2-Population dynamics to develop suitable forecasting models.
  • Pro Ent. 3-Survey for key and emerging pests in cotton in farmers fields for weekly advisory
  • Pro Ent. 4-Integrated Pest Management in Cotton
  • Pro Ent. 5-Evaluation of Refugia in bag and structured refugia against bollworm complex in cotton
  • Pro Ent. 6-Evaluation of prominent insecticides against bollworm complex of cotton
  • Pro Ent. 7-Microbial based volatiles for sucking pest management in Bt cotton

Plant Pathology


2018-19

  • Pro. Path 1 (a)-Observations on occurrence of the diseases in farmers field and research farms
  • Pro.Path 1 (b)- Observations on appearance and progress of cotton disease in disease trap nursery in relation to weather parameters.
  • Pro. Path 1 (d)- Studies on variability of cotton pathogen Tobacco Streak virus.
  • Pro. Path 02(b)-Conformation and maintenance of disease registrant lines against bacterial blight of G. hirsutum.
  • Pro.Br .03(b)-Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)-Coordinated hybrid trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton long linted
  • Pro.Br.25(b)-Coordinated hybrid trial of G. arboreum
  • Pro.Br.4(g)-Management of Parawilt of Cotton diseases

2019-20

  • Pro. Path 1 (a)-Observations on occurrence of the diseases in farmers field and research farms
  • Pro.Path 1 (b)- Observations on appearance and progress of cotton disease in disease trap nursery in relation to weather parameters.
  • Pro. Path 1 (d)- Studies on variability of cotton pathogen Tobacco Streak virus.
  • Pro. Path 02(b)-Conformation and maintenance of disease registrant lines against bacterial blight of G. hirsutum.
  • Pro.Br .03(b)-Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)-Coordinated hybrid trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton long linted
  • Pro.Br.25(b)-Coordinated hybrid trial of G. arboreum
  • Pro.Br.4(g)-Management of Parawilt of Cotton diseases
  • Pro.Br.4(h)-Evaluation of efficacy of bioagents against Cotton diseases

2020-21

  • Pro. Path 1 (a)-Observations on occurrence of the diseases in farmers field and research farms
  • Pro.Path 1 (b)- Observations on appearance and progress of cotton disease in disease trap nursery in relation to weather parameters.
  • Pro. Path 1 (d)- Studies on variability of cotton pathogen Tobacco Streak virus.
  • Nt.Br. 02(b)- Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br .03(b)-Preliminary varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.06(b)-Coordinated hybrid trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)LL-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton long linted

2021-22

  • Pro. Path 1 (a)-Observations on occurrence of the diseases in farmers field and research farms
  • Pro.Path 1 (b)- Observations on appearance and progress of cotton disease in disease trap nursery in relation to weather parameters.
  • Pro. Path 1 (d)- Studies on variability of cotton pathogen Tobacco Streak virus.
  • Nt. Br. 02(b)-Coordinated trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.4(h)-Evaluation of efficacy of bioagents against Cotton diseases

2022-23

  • Pro. Path 1 (a)-Observations on occurrence of the diseases in farmers field and research farms
  • Pro.Path 1 (b)- Observations on appearance and progress of cotton disease in disease trap nursery in relation to weather parameters.
  • Pro. Path 1 (d)- Studies on variability of cotton pathogen Tobacco Streak virus.
  • Nt. Br. 02(b)-Coordinated trial of G. hirsutum compact cotton genotype
  • Pro.Br.04(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. hirsutum cotton
  • Pro.Br.24(b)-Coordinated varietal trial of G. arboreum cotton
  • Pro.Br.4(h)-Evaluation of efficacy of bioagents against Cotton diseases

Technologies developed


Variety, Year of release / identification, State for which released/ identified

  • PDKV JKAL-116 BG-II released for Maharashtra in 2018
  • Suvarna Shubhra released for Central Zone of India comprising states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, South Rajasthan and Odisha in 2020
  • AKA-2013-8 released for Identification proposal submitted to the VIC, AICRP on Cotton for Central Zone states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, South Rajasthan and Odisha in 2022-23

Research Recommendation (Agronomy) - Technologies included in
State Package of Practices (2018-2023)

  • In situ biomulching of sunhemp at 35 DAS in cotton rows along with RDF under drip irrigation on BBF is recommended for improving seed cotton yield water use efficiency; water productivity and monetary returns of Bt cotton in the year 2019-20
  • For obtaining higher productivity and monetary returns from Bt cotton under HDPS, the sowing of improved american Bt varieties at row to row spacing of 60 cm and plant to plant spacing of 15-30 cm is recommended under rainfed condition in the year 2021-22
  • Under organic cotton production, intercropping of blackgram in cotton (1:1) with soil application of Neem cake (250 Kgha-1) + seed treatment of recommended biofertilizers (Azotobacter & PSB) + foliar application of Pink-pigmented Facultative Methylotrophs (PPFMs) @ 1% at flowering and boll development stage and in-situ application (mulching) of blackgram residue after pod plucking is recommended for higher monetary returns, improving soil organic carbon, major nutrients availability and physical properties of soil under rainfed condition in the year 2021-22
  • In cotton based inter cropping system for obtaining higher seed cotton equivalent yield, monetary returns and to improve the soil fertility status, it is recommended the intercrops combination of paired row cotton (Two rows) + two rows of greengram (60-120-60 cm) under rainfed condition in the year 2022-23

Genetics and Plant Breeding


  • 2018- Bt-cotton hybrid- PDKV JKAL-116 BG-II having excellent fibre qualities (28-30 mm staple length and 28-30 g/tex fibre strength) suitable for modern spinning machines has been developed in collaboration with JK-Agri Genetics Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad and released for Maharashtra in 2018.
  • 2020-American cotton variety Suvarna Shubhra released in 2020 and notified for Central Zone of India comprising states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, South Rajasthan and Odisha under Rainfed cultivation (Gazette Notification No. 8 dated 03/01/2022
  • 2022-Identification proposal of Deshi cotton variety AKA-2013-8 is submitted to the VIC, AICRP on Cotton in AGM of AICRP on Cotton held at Ludhiana during 6-7/04/2023 for its release for Central Zone States of India comprising Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, South Rajasthan and Odisha for Rainfed cultivation

AGRONOMY:RESEARACH ACHIVEMENTS

  • Cotton crop residue incorporation @ 5 t ha-1 + application of 75% RDF + application of decomposing mycorrhiza @ 2 kg ha-1 recorded comparable yield (4070 kg ha-1) with 100% RDF (4506 kg ha-1) and improved soil microbial population and soil organic carbon content.
  • Application of 2% potassium nitrate 4 times at weekly interval against drought at 75 DAS, improved the drought tolerance indices and seed cotton yield (2009 kg ha-1) over control (1748 kg ha-1).
  • Application of biochar prepared from cotton stalks @ 2 t ha-1 along with RDF (150-60-60 kg ha-1) and microbial consortium resulted in significantly higher seed cotton yield of 2838 kg ha-1 and a BC ratio of 1.59, besides increasing the microbial populations of the soil and its fertility status, thus sustained soil health when compared to RDF (1423 kg ha -1).
  • The mean seed cotton yield over 31 years was 2026 kg ha-1 with integrated application of RDF along with FYM @ 10 t ha -1 which was 19% more over 100 % RDF, 13 % over 150 % RDF and 16 % over 200 % RDF.
  • The results of Technology for organic cotton production revealed that highest seed cotton yield (1553 kg/ha mean of four years from 2016-2020) recorded when RDN applied through in organic sources followed by seed treatment and soil application of recommended bio fertilizers and Foliar application of PPFM + Neem cake @ 50 kg/ha + intercropping with black gram (1385 kg/ha).
  • Paired row of Bt cotton + 2 rows of red gram resulted in higher seed cotton equivalent yield (2662 kg/ha) followed by paired row of Bt cotton+1 row red gram + 1 row foxtail millet (2570 kg/ha) in multi storied cropping system of cotton.

ENTOMOLOGY :RESEARACH ACHIVEMENTS

  • Bifenthrin 10% EC @ 1 ml L-1 of water is effective in managing pink bollworm (1430 kg ha -1) and yield increase of 55% over control (920 kg ha-1) was recorded. Green boll locule damage of 19.7 % was recorded in bifenthrin 10% EC treatment as against 66% in control at RARS, Lam.
  • Spinetoram 10% + sulfoxaflor 30% WG @ 0.7 ml (3.2/3 leaves), spinetoram 10% +sulfoxaflor 30% WG @ 0.6 ml L-1 of water (3.83/3 leaves), spinetoram @ 0.6 ml L-1 of water (5.03/3 leaves) and sulfoxaflor 21.8 SC @ 0.6 ml L-1 of water (3.8/3 leaves) were effective in reducing the leafhopper population in cotton. Whereas, spinetoram 10% + sulfoxaflor 30% WG @ 0.7 ml L-1 of water (17.22%), pyriproxyfen 10 EC @ 0.7 ml L-1 (28.11%) and sulfoxaflor 21.8 SC @ 0.6 ml L-1 of water (19.5%) were found effective in reducing the pink bollworm damage in green bolls, besides realizing the highest seed cotton yield.
  • Refined IPM package for pink bollworm on Bt cotton.
    • Timely sowing and recommended sowing in shortest window.
    • Installation of pheromone traps @ 10-15 ha-1 for monitoring and 25-40 for mass trapping at 45 DAS.
    • Spraying of 5% NSKE
    • Release of Trichogrammabactrae@ 1,50,000 ha-1(thrice at weekly interval) starting from 50 DAS.
    • ETL (10 % fruiting body damage) based application of recommended insecticides. Pyridalyl 10EC @750 ml/ha and Fenproprathrin 30 EC @ 750 ml/ha were found effective for pink boll worm and included in the package.
    • Timely termination of crop
  • Refined IPM package for sucking pests on Bt cotton
    • Use of yellow and blue sticky traps at 30 DAS @25 ha-1
    • Stem application of monocrotophos 36 SL @ 1:4 dilution at 30 and 45 DAS and with imidacloprid 17.8 SL @1:20 dilution at 60 DAS.
    • Restrict the use of neonicotinoids during first 60 days.
    • ETL based spray of flonicamid 50 WG @ 0.3 g L-1 and diafenthiuron 50% WP @ 1.25 g L-1 of water.
    • Do not use same insecticide twice.
  • Entry, CCB 143B showed resistance to Corynespora leaf spot, grey mildew and rust; CNH 17395 to grey mildew and rust CNH 20-31 to Corynespora leaf spot and rust; Entries viz., SBSD 5-6, CCB 51, CCB 143B and DB 1801 to Corynespora leaf spot and grey mildew
  • Highest yield of 19.26q/ha was recorded in Kresoxim methyl 44.3% SC @1ml/l which was on par with Propiconazole 25%EC @ 1ml/l 919.05q/ha) and Propineb 70%WP @ 2.5g/l (18q/ha) by reducing foliar diseases and boll rot. Highest BCR of 1.73 was recorded with Propiconazole 25% EC @ 1ml/l followed by Propineb 70%WP @ 2.5g/l (1.7) and Kresoxim methyl 44.3% SC @1ml/l (1.7) as against control (1.08). Similar trend was observed for IBCR of 20.72, 14.71 and 8.66 respectively.

PATHOLOGY :RESEARACH ACHIVEMENTS

2018

  • I published 14 research articles in refereed journals (3 Scopus)
  • I contributed to cotton variety, LHDP 1, which was approved during the Central Variety Release Committee meeting, AGM 2019 AICRP on Cotton, 30 - 31 May 2019.
  • I contributed to the publication on the Status of Cotton Research in ANGRAU which was released during Annual Group Meeting 2019 at RARS, Lam, Guntur.
  • Validated the weather parameters influencing major diseases of cotton viz., Alternaria leaf spot, bacterial blight, grey mildew and rust.
  • Observed that in spite of high incidence of TSVD, intensity was very low.
  • One M. Sc. (Ag) student in the Department of Seed Science & Technology; one M. Sc. (Ag) student in the Department of Plant Pathology successfully completed their degrees under my supervision.
  • I contributed to the conduct of ICM plots of one acre each, in cotton and regular montoring to suggest timely measures for achieving high yields.
  • I trained extension staff, farmers and input dealers in plant protection.
  • I participated in diagnostic field visits, especially for Pink boll worm and suggested measures.

2019

  • I published six research articles in refereed journals (1 Scopus) and guided students to present their work during Conferences.
  • I contributed to the inter specific hybrid (G. hirsutum x G. barbadense) LAHB 1, which was proposed and approved during the Central Variety Release Committee meeting, AGM 2020 AICRP on Cotton, 18 - 19 May 2020.
  • I contributed to the Technical Bulletin on Integrated Disease Management (IDM) in cotton, which was released during AGM 2020 AICRP on Cotton through Video conference, 18 - 19 May 2020.
  • One M. Sc. (Ag) student in the Department of Seed Science & Technology; one M. Sc. (Ag) and one Ph. D students in the Department of Plant Pathology successfully completed their degrees under my supervision. One M. Sc. (Ag) submitted thesis in Plant Pathology.
  • I was resource person for trainings on plant protection, especially, IPM in cotton.
  • I contributed to publication of booklets/brochures/bulletins on cotton for the benefit of cotton farmers.
  • I was major contributor for the Information Bulletin on Cotton (Telugu) published by ANGRAU.
  • I participated in diagnostic field visits, especially for Pink boll worm and suggested measures.

2020

  • I published 11 research articles in refereed journals
  • I contributed to publication of booklets/brochures/bulletins on cotton for the benefit of cotton farmers.
  • I was resource person for trainings on cotton for the Department of Agriculture
  • I participated in diagnostic field visits, especially for Pink boll worm and suggested measures

2021

  • I published 10 research articles in refereed journals
  • I contributed to publication of booklets/brochures/bulletins on cotton for the benefit of cotton farmers.
  • I was resource person for trainings on cotton for the Department of Agriculture
  • I participated in diagnostic field visits and suggested measures.
  • I served as External Examiner and evaluated one M. Sc. (Ag) thesis (Mr. Tapish Pawar, Admn. No. L-2018-A-136-M) of PAU, Ludhiana.

2022

  • I published nine research articles in refereed journals (2 Scopus)
  • I contributed to publication of booklets/brochures/bulletins on cotton for the benefit of cotton farmers.
  • I was resource person for trainings on cotton for the Department of Agriculture.
  • I contributed to the conduct of large-scale demonstrations in cotton and regular monitoring to suggest timely measures for achieving high yields.
  • I participated in diagnostic field visits, especially for Pink boll worm and suggested measures.
  • I served as External Examiner and evaluated one Ph. D thesis (Ms. Swathi, B, ID No. PGS18AGR7651) of UAS, Dharwad.

SUCCESS STORIES


Before independence Deshi cotton (G.arboreum) varieties were grown on about 98% area and the American cotton (G. hirsutum) on just around 2 percent. The situation is now exactly the reverse. Thus, diploid (desi) cotton has been replaced by hirsutum varieties and hybrids mainly because of high yield potential, good fibre qualities and availability of Bt. technology in later after 2002. The main reason for low productivity of cotton in Vidarbha is its dependence on the monsoon rain and about 85 per cent area is under rain-fed cultivation. Intermittent dry spells are common during July and August followed by cessation of monsoon activity in middle of September. So, there is a need to have high yielding genotypes which can withstand drought and pests.

TCotton Research Unit, Dr. PDKV, Akola has developed and released so far several high yielding varieties of Desi cotton viz., AKA-8401, AKA-5, AKA-7, AKA-8 and AKA-2005-3 and AKH-09-5 (Suvarna Shubhra) in the year 2020 and one Bt hybrid PDKV-JKAL-116 Bt-BG-II in collaboration with JK Seeds Hyderabad in the year 2018. University is promoting these genotypes through FLDs and other demonstrations under ICAR-NFSM as these varieties can withstand drought and pests and also has lesser cost of production with good productivity. Under ICAR-NFSM FLDs from the year 2018-19 FLDs on different components like ICM, intercropping and new hirsutum genotypes, Bt genotypes developed by public-private partnership were demonstrated in the jurisdiction of the university. Every year 50-60 demonstrations were conducted on farmers field. Shri. Pandurangji Gayki, Village-Aloshi-Kaloshi Dist- Akola after seeing cotton demonstration on University field decided to cultivate newly developed hirsutum variety Suvarna Shubhra and PDKV-JKAL-116 Bt (BG-II) each on one acres of his land in the year 2020-21. The farmer is having 24 acres of irrigated/rainfed own land. All necessary guidance was provided timely by cotton scientist to raise good crop as per the university recommendations. From the new variety Suvarna Shubhra and Bt hybrid PDKV-JKAL-116, he could achieve 16.50 and 21.60 qtl. of seed cotton yield per hectare respectively. He was happy with the performance of genotypes and decided to cultivate same variety and Bt.hybrid next year on two acre of land each. In the next year also he got good and satisfactory seed cotton yield. With two years’ experience of cultivating this genotype recommended by Cotton Research Unit, he is interested to grow the university varieties every year. The gross monetary returns from Suvarna Shubhra was Rs.90997/ha considering selling rate of cotton Rs.5515/qt. Hence, he could achieve net profit of Rs.52750/ha. Similarly, the gross monetary returns from PDKV-JKAL-116 Bt. was Rs.119124/ha considering selling rate of cotton Rs.5515/qt. Hence, he could achieve net profit of Rs.76625/ha. By seeing the performance of the Cotton FLDs, he is also making the awareness among the farmers of his village and nearby areas for promoting the university varieties and bt hybrid and recommended technologies to get good monetary returns with less cost of cultivation. He also started to produce seed of cotton varieties and other crops also.

Now a days the farmer is focusing on Bt cotton cultivation on drip irrigation system for increasing the water and nutrient use efficiency. He also focused on technologies like crop rotation, addition of organic matter through FYM, use of recommended insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, use of pheromone traps for management of boll worms, sticky traps for sucking pests and all the technologies of the university as suggested by the scientist of cotton Research Unit.


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