Additional Crop of Rajma with Tomato
Description of innovation
Sowing of trailing (indeterminate) varieties of rajmash or beans along the tomato rows either at first earthing up or at the time of first fruit picking. If sown early it behaves as inter crop but sowing is done along the earthed up ridge, not in the inter row space. When sown late it behaves as relay crop. The trailing legume uses the same staking as prepared for tomato as indeterminate tomato varieties are cultivated in the area.
Practical utility of innovation
Rajmash being the legume grows better under drought and adds towards the soil fertility and uses the same staking which is erected for tomato. Thus, it uses the natural resources more efficiently and crops do not compete for resources. Under favourable conditions tomato gives benefit cost ratio ranging from 3.5 to 4.0 with additional yield of 8-12 q/ha of rajmash without any extra cost of cultivation.