Vol. 7, Special Issue 1 (2018)
Assessment of socioeconomic status of agroforestry farmers in Giridih District, Jharkhand
Author(s): Pradeep Kumar Thakur, MS Malik, Bijay Kumar Singh and PR Oraon
Abstract: Agroforestry is known to offer a wide range of livelihood benefits to farmers viz higher crop yields and incomes, greater food security and better resilience to climate change. The purpose and role of why agroforestry should be adopted are better explained by the farmers who adopt agroforestry as land management option. Hence this study was carried out with a purpose to know the socioeconomic status of farmers practicing agroforestry in Giridih, Jharkhand. A survey was done in the villages and 160 farmers were randomly selected households. Results revealed that 76.88 percent of the total sampled farmers had adopted agroforestry. About 42.49% of farmers doing horticulture on their farm considered farming their primary occupation and most of them (75.62%) considered agriculture as their major source of income. Maximum annual income of farmers 60,001-80,000 (48.12%) followed by 40,001-60,000 (18.75) and minimum 80,001-1, 00,000 (6.25 %). It was also found that in spite of having sufficient farming experience these farmers did not find themselves having enough knowledge of agroforestry. Despite of larger number of farmers having sufficient farming experience very few were sufficient in knowledge in agroforestry as they accepted themselves being not enough to understand it. The study concluded that the socioeconomic status of the farmers was satisfactory due to improvement brought out by adoption of agroforestry.
How to cite this article:
Pradeep Kumar Thakur, MS Malik, Bijay Kumar Singh and PR Oraon. Assessment of socioeconomic status of agroforestry farmers in Giridih District, Jharkhand. 2018; 7(1S): 929-932.