EFFECT OF MULCHING ON THE GROWTH AND YIELD OF CABBAGE. Azad MAK, Afrin Naheed, Tuab ASM, Islam MR and Haque SMA

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 An experiment was conducted at the Horticulture farm, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh during the period from October, 2001 to March, 2002 to study the effects of mulching on the growth and yield of cabbage. The experiment consisted of four mulching viz. no mulch, black polythene mulch, water- hyacinth mulch and saw dust mulch. The results of the experiment showed that mulching had significant influence on plant height, spread of  plant, length of root per plant, number of lateral roots, fresh weight of roots, length of stem, fresh weight of stem, fresh weight of head, diameter of head and gross yield and marketable yield. Black polythene mulch produced taller plants with wider spread than other mulch. The number of loose leaves per plant at different DAT except 60 DAT was significantly influenced by mulching. The length of stem, fresh weight of stem, length of root, number of lateral roots, fresh weight of root were significantly influenced by mulching. Higher diameter of head, thickness of head biomass weight of plant and fresh weight of head were obtained black polythene mulch (63.43 t/ha) than no mulch treatment (36.71 t/ha).

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INTERCROPPING OF HYBRID MAIZE WITH SWEET POTATO IN THE COASTAL AREA OF KHULNA. Hossain MM, Zaman SM and Sardar PK

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The experiment was conducted at Agricultural Research Station, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Daulatpur, Khulna during rabi season of 2007-08 and 2008-09. The objective of the study was to identify the suitable and profitable intercrop combination of maize with sweet potato in the coastal area. The experiment was laid out in a randomized complete block design (RCBD) with four replications. There were four treatments viz. T1: Sole maize, T2: Maize paired row + 2 rows sweet potato in between two paired rows, T3 : Maize normal row + 1 row sweet potato in between two maize rows and T4 : Sole sweet potato. Results showed that different intercropping combinations significantly influenced the yield of maize and sweet potato. The highest grain yield (8.99 t/ha) and root yield (28.75 t/ha) were recorded from sole maize and sole sweet potato respectively. But higher maize equivalent yield was obtained from T2 (12.30 t/ha). Higher LER was recorded from treatment T2 (1.27) followed by T3 (1.07) and lower LER from sole maize and sole sweet potato. Higher gross return (Tk. 184560/ha), net return (Tk. 138740/ha) and BCR (4.03) were obtained from T2 and lower gross return (Tk. 134850 /ha) net return (Tk. 93330/ha) and BCR (3.25) were obtained from T1.

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SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS INFLUENCING THE ADOPTION OF AROMATIC RICE PRODUCTION: A CASE STUDY OF MYMENSINGH DISTRICT. Akhi K, Ahmed JU, Begum S and Akter Shirin

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This study aimed at finding the farm-level adoption pattern and profitability of aromatic rice production in selected areas of Mymensingh district. A total of 60 farmers were selected as sample for achieving the objectives of the present study. To collect data through face-to-face interview schedule was administered. To measure the profitability of aromatic rice production uncounted benefit cost ratio was calculated. The value of BCR was 1.45 implying that the aromatic rice production was profitable. To identify the influencing factors that affect the adoption of aromatic rice production logit model was estimated. Out of eight variables, four named age of household head, own cultivable land, technical efficiency and non-farm income had significant effect on aromatic rice production adoption. This study also identified some problems faced by the farmers in adopting and producing aromatic rice and possible solutions of those problems. Finally, some policy recommendations based on the findings of the study were suggested.

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PERFORMANCE OF DIFFERENT ADVANCED LINES AND VARIETIES OF RAPESEED IN FARMER’S FIELD CONDITION. Sultana S, Sarker UK and Yasmin M

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 A field experiment of advanced lines and varieties of rapeseed was conducted at Netrakona district during Rabi season of 2012-2013 to evaluate the performance of short duration advanced lines of rapeseed in the farmer’s field. BARI Sarisha 15 yielded the highest among the seven advanced lines and varieties. It produced 16% higher yield over check variety Tori 7. The line Nap-0876 produced the second highest yield which was 14% higher over Tori 7. The third highest grain yield was recorded from BARI Sarisha 14 which was 7% higher over Tori 7. The lowest grain yield was recorded from the line BC 05115 (1326 kg/ha). Days required maturing the advanced lines and varieties ranged from 76-88 days. Among the lines and varieties the long durated one was Nap-0876 (88 days).

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