Good farm prac­tices

Down to Earth - - LETTERS - L R SHARMA HI­MACHAL PRADESH

,W ZDV KHDUWHQLQJ WR UHDG k0XOWLSOH UHVSRQVHy -XQH 7KH KLOO peo­ple in my state, Hi­machal Pradesh, have been prac­tic­ing multi-crop­ping for a long time. For ex­am­ple, urad is sown when maize achieves a height of 20 cm. Maize ripens early and so it is har­vested, let­ting the urad vines grow in the same field. It is har­vested af­ter 20 days. Legumes like urad also en­rich the soil with much­needed ni­tro­gen, ben­e­fi­cial for both crops. Sim­i­larly, fin­ger millet and tur are also sowed on the fringes along with the main crop. To­day, pulses and mil­lets have greater mar­ket value due to in­creas­ing aware­ness about healthy eat­ing choices.

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