Adoption of soil test recommendations by the farmers

J. R. SALI, S. U. MOKHALE, D. G. PADEKAR, H. K. RAJPUT

Abstract


The present study on adoption of soil test recommendations by the farmers was conducted
in the year 2015–16 in Chandur Bazar and Bhatkuli tehsils of Amravati district. For this study
100 respondents were selected with the help of random sampling method. The data were
collected with the help of structured interview schedule. Collected data were carefully examined,
classified quantified and tabulated. Frequencies, mean, standard deviation, correlation of coefficient
analysis were employed for interpreting the results. Results obtained after analysis
have been summarized as below. The findings of the present investigation indicate that near
half 47.00 per cent of the respondents were in old age group and 38.00 per cent respondents
were educated upto high school level. More than one third of respondents 35.00 per cent had
small land holding upto 1.01-2.00 ha. 33.00 per cent respondents had annual income in between
Rs. 50,000 to 1,00,000. Over half 52.00 per cent of the respondents having medium level of
extension contact. The 71.00 per cent respondents having no source for irrigation availability.
82.00 per cent respondents were taking seasonal crops. The 59.00 per cent of respondents
were having low level of motivation. 41.00 per cent of respondents were having medium level
of innovativeness towards adoption of soil test recommendations. 52.00 per cent of the
respondents were having medium level of availability of fertilizers. The majority of respondents
48.00 per cent had high understanding about soil test recommendations, only 34.00 and 18.00
per cent of the respondents having medium and low understanding about soil testing,
respectively. The most of the respondents 76.00 per cent were having low level of adoption
about soil test recommendations, only 19.00 per cent respondents were having medium
adoption level and 5.00 per cent respondents were having high level of adoption of soil test
recommendations. In the study it was found that education, annual income, extension contact,
cropping pattern, motivation, innovativeness, availability of fertilizers and understanding of
soil test recommendations were positive and significantly related with adoption at 0.01 level
of significance and irrigation availability was positivey and significantly related with adoption
at 0.05 level of significance. Age and land holding were found to be non-significantly related
with adoption. Lack of knowledge about nutrient management, soil test report not clear to the
respondents had major constraints.


Keywords


Adoption, Soil test, Fertilizer, Nutrient, Understanding, Farmers

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