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DMPQ: What is intercropping? Write down the advantages of intercropping?

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The practice of growing two or more crops simultaneously in a same field in definite row pattern is called intercropping. The row pattern may be in the ratio of 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3. It means after one row of main crop, one, two, or three rows of intercrops can be grown.

Objective of intercropping: The basic objective in intercropping is to increase the productivity per unit area.

Advantages of intercropping:

  1. It helps to maintain the soil fertility.
  2. It makes better use of resources.
  3. It economizes space and time of cultivation of two or more crops.
  4. Each group can be harvested, threshed and marketed separately.
  5. Since the seeds of the two crops not mixed before sowing, fertilizers can be placed as per the need of the crops.

 

 

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