Impact of blue green algae (BGA) technology: an empirical evidence from northwestern Indo-Gangetic Plains. uri icon

abstract

  • The focus of the current study is to assess the impact of blue green algae (BGA) technology on farming practices and economic conditions of farming households. The states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana considered as major rice-growing states of India were chosen for the primary survey. It was observed that use of BGA resulted in 25.2% of urea reduction with an overall 3.8% increase in the yield and a marginal decrease in per acre cultivation cost. Tobit model has been used to identify the determinants of increasing cropping area under BGA. Factors such as age, education, operated land holdings and leased-in land have a positive and significant impact on area under BGA. The study also provided the comparative analysis on yield of paddy, urea consumption and income with and without BGA application. It was observed that farmers earned about 3% greater income along with 41.1% reduction in dosage of urea while reaping 1% higher yield of paddy.

publication date

  • 2018
  • 2018