Red gram- Planting activities

Red gram is propagated by seed. The recommended seed rate is 6-8 kg/acre for pure crop and 2.4-2.8 kg/acre for mixed crop.

It can be grown as mixed crop with groundnut, paddy or tapioca or as a pure crop after the harvest of paddy. The most favorable temperature range is 18-30ºC.

The land is prepared by 2-3 ploughing. Lime at a recommended rate of 200 kg/acre is added along with cattle manure @ 12 kg/cent at the time of land preparation.

The seeds are dibbled in holes made on the beds. The recommended spacing in mixed crop with ground nut is 3-3.5 m between rows and 35 cm between plants.

Apply recommended basal dose of fertilizers at the time of planting. A time lag of ten days should be given between application of lime and fertilizers.