Vol. 7, Special Issue 2 (2018)
Usefulness of sustainable organic farming technologies as perceived by the farmers
Author(s): RP Joshi, Sanjay Singh, Pradeep Mishra, AK Pandey and Rajkumar Chaurasiya
Abstract: Sustainable organic agricultural systems have been characterized as those that can meet demands for food and fiber at socially acceptable economic and environmental costs Despite the diversity in conceptualizing sustainable organic agriculture, there is a consensus on three basic dimensions of the concept, namely, ecological soundness economically viable and socially acceptable. Farmers' decisions to adopt a new agricultural technology depend on complex factors. Among these factors farmers' perception is considered has been considered as an important factor. Keeping this in view the present study was an attempt to investigate perceptions of trained farmers about sustainable organic agricultural technologies and to identify factors influencing their perceptions. The study revealed that suitable improved crop varieties was perceived by the trained farmers as most favourable technology. The respondents’ views about the technologies viz. use of FYM, NADEP and vermi compost, management of crop residues and wastes on farm, seed treatment, cultivation of legumes and application of bio fertilizers were also found to be favourable. The study highlights to create technological awareness among the farmers in order to convince the farmers with the important organic farming practices. The trials, demonstration and other skill oriented prgramme should give more emphasis on technological practices of organic farming. The study exhibits significant impact of sustainable organic farming training programmes on changing the perception of the respondents about sustainable organic farming technologies in desired direction. It can be also concluded that the certain attributes of the farmers like education, social participation, economic motivation, annual income, source of information, contact with extension personnel, innovativeness, and risk orientation were found to hold positive and strong relationship with their perception about sustainable organic farming practices. Hence the study suggests that these factors should be given due consideration in designing and implementing any sustainable organic farming programmes for the farmers.
How to cite this article:
RP Joshi, Sanjay Singh, Pradeep Mishra, AK Pandey and Rajkumar Chaurasiya. Usefulness of sustainable organic farming technologies as perceived by the farmers. 2018; 7(2S): 16-20.