Santosh Devi Samota, KL Dangi and RN Sharma
National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) focuses on four components which aimed at ICAR as the catalyzing agent for the management of change in the Indian National Agricultural Research System; research on sustainable rural livelihood security; basic & strategic research in frontier areas of Agricultural Sciences and multiple technology options in holistic and integrated manner in order to increase their productivity and profitability. In Rajasthan, consortia NAIP were in operation in four tribal populated districts namely- Udaipur, Banswara, Dungarpur and Sirohi. Therefore, district Banswara was selected for present investigation based on maximum households covered under the project. Out of Talwara and Garhi Panchayat Samities, Talwara was selected for the study. After having drawn sample of 19 respondents (beneficiaries) each from every beneficiary village, similar size of sample of non-beneficiaries (19) from each of the non- beneficiary villages was drawn with the help of random sampling procedure. Total size of sample was of 152 respondents, combining beneficiaries and non – beneficiaries. The findings revealed that knowledge level of majority of the respondents of beneficiaries 51 (67.10 per cent) are more than those of non- beneficiaries 25 (32.89 per cent). It means, the knowledge of beneficiaries with regards to GW-273 of wheat was just double than non-beneficiaries. The results showed that a good number, 42 (27.63 per cent) respondents fell under low level of adoption about interventions of GW-273, but it was good sign of the impact of the project (NAIP) that beneficiaries proportion was found to be in tune of 23.69 per cent as against non-beneficiaries’ i.e. 31.58 per cent. NAIP reflected good knowledge regarding important aspects of GW-273 of wheat crop advocated to them. These aspects were, “row to row spacing in the crop,” “sowing time of GW-273” and “seed rate of GW-273” as ranked first, second and third with their MPS 90.42, 85.11 and 84.33, respectively.
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