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Sources of Information Utilised By Farmers and Changes Occured Due to Bt Cotton Cultivation in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar,Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad – 030. Telangana State INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (4), Pages 61-69, April,14 (2015)

Abstract

Family members, input dealers and TV were the Personal localite, cosmopolite and mass media sources of information frequently utilised by Bt Cotton farmers respectively. Among these three, personal localite information sources were used by large majority of farmers compared to other sources. Majority of the respondents expressed changes due to Bt cotton cultivation as higher net returns, increase in yields and increased area under cultivation. More than 50 percent of respondents expressed changes due to Bt cotton cultivation as occurrence of new pests and diseases like mealy bugs, tobacco streak virus, cucumber mosaic virus, grey mildew and wilt. Majority of respondents also indicated certain positive changes that there was no change in pest population and there was a decrease in cost of cultivation due to Bt cotton cultivation.

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