The local cultivar Yella could give maximum yield of 11 q /ha with an average of 5 q/ha where as improved variety M-27 gave an average yield of 10 q/ha and maximum yield of 16q/ha which is much higher than its potential yield i.e. 12 q/ha. Cultivation of improved variety M-27 could realize a net profit of Rs. 12990.00/ha. Now, because of the intervention of KVK, Imphal West, about 800 ha area are brought under zero tillage in the district. More than 10 oilseed mills have been installed so far after the popularization of the technology. The local variety yella have been replaced with M-27 even in the Kakching areas and other parts of the state. Now the zero tillage rapeseed have been extended to more than 10,000 ha in the state. The farmers as well the state government is applauding the role of KVK Imphal West in popularizing zero tillage rapeseed in the state of Manipur.
Introduction and popularization of Turmeric variety Megha Turmeric in Manipur
Turmeric, one of the major spice crops of Manipur has great potential for its cultivation in the foot hills and in the upland areas of Manipur. The crop is popularly grown in hill districts of the state. In such a situation, KVK has been introducing from 2003, a turmeric variety Megha turmeric evolved by ICAR at Umiam, Meghalaya in the form of OFT and FLDs. It is a selection of local variety known as Lakadang from Meghalaya. This variety is performing very well at the foot hills of Imphal West District. ShriLaishramDhenu Singh of Ngairangbam village, ShriKh. Brojendro Singh of AwangPotsangbamare some of the individual progressive farmers of Megha turmeric. In the year 2003 ShriGojendro Singh started growing Megha turmeric with 30 kg seed only and expanded to an area of 1120 sqm (0.1 ha). Likewise ShriDhenu Singh has also earned a sum of Rs. 30,000/- for selling 600 kg of turmeric powder @ Rs. 50.00 per kg from an area of 0.1 ha.
Turmeric crop on farmer's Field