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Vol. 7 Issue 2 December 2016
Case report
Enhancing farmers income through strawberry cultivation under subtropical climate: a new initiative
Ashok Kumar, Tarun Adak, Muralidhara B M and Vinod Kumar Singh
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Case Report


GERF Bulletin of Biosciences

June 2016, 7(2):12-16

Published Online: 30 June 2016


Enhancing farmers income through strawberry cultivation under subtropical climate – a new initiative


Ashok Kumar1*, Tarun Adak1, Muralidhara B M2 and Vinod Kumar Singh1


1Division of Crop Production, 2Division of Crop Improvement and Biotechnology, ICAR-Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, Rehman Khera, P.O.- Kakori, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh-226101


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New initiatives are essentially required for increasing farmer’s income. Introduction of future crops in subtropics are the need of the hour in order to increase the farmers income, employment generation, to support livelihood in addition to nutritional security. In this direction an effort was initiated to introduce strawberry cultivation under subtropical environment. Ofcourse the crop is mostly grown under temperate climates; however it can be tried as an important cash crop in other climate too. The crop performed satisfactorily in subtropical Lucknow conditions of Uttar Pradesh. Three north Indian leading varieties namely Sweet Charlie, Camarosa and Winter Dawn performed nicely under different low cost tunnel structures like ventilated polytunnel, covered polytunnel and open system. A range of 176 to 260 q/ha productivity across these system were recorded in Sweet Charlie variety while in case of Winter Dawn, 175 to 245 q/ha productivity was observed. A range of 8.95-22.63g fruit weight, 0.60- 0.80% acidity, 5.33-7.17°Brix TSS, 43.78-64.68 mg/100g Vitamin C and 17.19 to 25.47 mg /100g anthocyanins across the structures and varieties were estimated. In order to have an idea about the interrelationship (heat stress) among the tunnel soil temperature, air temperature and bare soil temperature, positive and significant relationship were observed among them. Farmers can get more net profit by cultivating this high value crop in this region.


Key Words: Strawberry, subtropical climate, income generation, new initiatives, high value crop


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