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Farmers Knowledge on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Andhra Pradesh, India

Author Affiliations

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

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (5), Pages 5-11, May,14 (2015)

Abstract

The present investigation focused to study farmers Knowledge on SRI cultivation was carried out in Mahaboobnagar district, Andhra Pradesh. 120 SRI cultivated farmers constituted the sample. Ex-post facto research design was adopted in the investigation as selected variables have already occurred. A well prepared interview schedule consisting of 35 items testing the level of knowledge of farmers on recommended practices in SRI was prepared and administered. The findings revealed that on majority of farmers (67.5%) had knowledge on SRI cultivation practices to a medium level. Item analysis of Knowledge statements revealed that large majority of respondents had knowledge on items such as seed rate (100%), Varieties suitable for SRI (95%) spreading of seeds loosely and sparsely on nursery bed (85.83%), marker helps in drawing lines (89.17%) etc. Large majority do not possess knowledge on practices such as: number of hills recommended per square meter (62.5%) and weeding interval (43.3%). Correlation analysis revealed that, the variables viz. education, training in SRI, Extension contact, sources of information utilization, perception of respondents on SRI, innovativeness and input availability were found to be positively and significantly correlated to the level of Knowledge of SRI cultivating farmers.

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