Compare between mixed cropping and intercropping . Write down from advantage of both of these techniques .

Asked by jeffladebo | 12th May, 2015, 04:54: PM

Expert Answer:

Mixed cropping


  • Growing two or more crops simultaneously on the same piece of land.
  • Growing two or more crops simultaneously in the same field in a definite pattern.
  • Examples:
  • Wheat + Gram
  • Wheat + Mustard
  • Groundnut + Sunflower
  • Examples:
  • Soyabean + Maize
  • Finger millet (Bajra) + Cowpea (lobia)


Advantages of mixed cropping:

  • Minimises the risk of crop failure.
  • Seeds of two crops are mixed before sowing.
  • Crops yield can be increased.

Advantages of intercropping:

  • Increases the productivity per unit area.
  • Pesticides can be easily applied to individual crop.
  • Both crops can be easily harvested and threshed.
  • Soil erosion is reduced.
  • Allows better use of natural resources such as light, soil air and water.

Answered by Sheetal Kolte | 12th May, 2015, 05:27: PM

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