Effects of Seedling Raising Methods on the Economic Performance of Manually Operated Paddy Transplanter
Islam, Md. Syedul and Ahmad, Desa (2000) Effects of Seedling Raising Methods on the Economic Performance of Manually Operated Paddy Transplanter. Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology, 8 (2). pp. 205-215. ISSN 0128-7680
A study was conducted to identify the effects of different seedling raising media on the economic performance of a manually operated transplanter. The costs of seedling production in wooden frame, bamboo frame, plastic frame, nylon rope and plastic tray nurseries for transplanting one hectare of land were US$27.21, US$27.77, US$27.20, US$27.04 and US$44.89 respectively. However, for wet bed nursery, it was only US 19.32. The net benefit from machine transplanting with wooden, bamboo and plastic frame seedlings were US$ 13.48, US$ 19.46 and US$ 16.05 per ha respectively compared to hand transplanting with wet bed seedlings. Among the five seedling raising media, plastic frame was considered the most appropriate one, where the break-even area per year is only 1.9 ha. Using this technique, a farmer can save about US$ 16.0 per ha compared to hand transplanting method.
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