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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 2
First page : (319) Last page : (323)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.2630

Intercropping in Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.): A Review

Shilpa V.  Chogatapur1*, Deepa G. S2. and H.T. Chandranath1
Ph.D. Scholars, 1Professor,
Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Dharwad, University of Agricultural Sciences,
Dharwad, Karnataka
2Subject Matter Specialist Agronomy, KVK Mudigere, Karnataka
*Corresponding Author E-mail: chogatapurshilpa@gmail.com
Received: 25.02.2017  |  Revised: 7.03.2017   |  Accepted: 10.03.2017  


Sugarcane (Saccharum complex hybrid), an important agro-industrial crop in the country, plays a pivotal role in national economy by contributing 1.9 per cent to gross domestic product. However, plateauing yield level, declining factor productivity, increasing production cost, slashing sugar prices in international market and decreasing profitability in recent years indeed pose the real concerns before cane growers and mill owners. These necessitated the intensification of sugarcane-based production system through diversification in space and time to meet the multiple needs of cane farmers and maintain long-term soil health. Sugarcane characteristically widely spaced, initially slow growing, of long duration and one-time income generating crop - lends ample scope for intercropping with short-duration, high-value and mid-season income generating crops for household nutrition and economic security, especially of small and marginal cane growers. Intercropping is an age old practice of growing two or more crops simultaneously on the same piece of land. It is a technique of crop intensification in both time and space wherein competition between crops may occur during a part or whole growth period. Intercropping in sugarcane is localized, depending on soil environment and market demands.

Key words: Legume, Net return, Intercrop, sole crop, Commercial cane sugar, Vegetable

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Cite this article: Chogatapur, S.V., Deepa G.S. and Chandranath, H.T., Intercropping in Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.): A Review, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.5(2): 319-323 (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.2630