Vol. 8, Issue 2 (2019)
Factors influencing selection of plant protection chemicals: A statistical appraisal
Author(s): SH Herojit Singh, Subham Dutta, Soumik DE, Lakshmi Narsimaiah, Kanchan Sinha, Pramit Pandit, Anurag Dubey, Pradeep Mishra and PK Sahu
Abstract: Ever increasing population coupled with diminishing available land for agricultural purposes poses serious concern to the planners to meet the challenging demand for food and nutritional security. To boost the productivity from per unit use of natural resources per unit time plant protection chemicals are used. There is hue and cry about the indiscriminate and non-judicious use of such chemicals leading to environmental and health hazard. In this study an attempt has been made to study the farming groups in terms of their mode of selection of plant protection chemicals and the influencing factors. Based on information from 100 farm families from a selected agriculturally developed village the study reveals five distinct groups of farmers. Descriptive study of five groups reveals that most of the farmers (34%) are guided by the shopkeepers in selecting chemicals for plant protection. The correlation study along with Fisher's Discriminant Analysis reveals that age of the farmer, education, total land holding and cropping intensity are the major governing factors in group discrimination. Younger generation of farmers are tend to have better education to decide up on the plant protection chemicals mainly guided by brand of the chemicals and learning by doing; in the process they are able to minimise the agricultural expenditure to harvest better net return and savings from agriculture.
How to cite this article:
SH Herojit Singh, Subham Dutta, Soumik DE, Lakshmi Narsimaiah, Kanchan Sinha, Pramit Pandit, Anurag Dubey, Pradeep Mishra and PK Sahu. Factors influencing selection of plant protection chemicals: A statistical appraisal. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2019; 8(2): 01-05.