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Indian Journal of Social Research Vol.54 (3) (May - June, 2013) (193-197)

MULTIPLE REGRESSIONAL ANALYSIS BETWEEN PERSONAL, SOCIO-ECONOMIC, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND, COMMUNICATIONAL VARIABLE S AN D FEEDING ADOPTION OF SCIENTIFIC DAIRY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF TRIBAL AND NON-TRIBAL DAIRY FARMERS

U R Tamuli
Associate Professor, Department of Extension Education
Lakhimpur College Of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University
North Lakhimpur - 784001, Assam

P Hazarika
Professor, Department of Extension Education
College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University
Khanapara, Guwahati-22

Abstract

The study was conducted to find out the total variation explained (R2) between the personal, socio-economic, psychological and communicational variables and the extent of adoption towards scientific dairy management practices of tribal and non – tribal dairy farmers. The respondents were dairy farmers of tribal and non–tribal villages of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district of Assam. The sample size was two hundred forty (one hundred twenty from tribal and one hundred twenty from non-tribal villages). It was found that the only variable in case of tribal dairy farmers, the only independent variable aspiration level contributed positively and significantly (P<0.05) to the feeding adoption. The 16 variables tried in the regression analysis explained about 36.30 percent variation in the feeding adoption in case of non-tribal dairy farmers, independent variables family education status, extension contact, mass media exposure and dairy farming attitude were found contributing positively and highly significantly (P<0.01) to the feeding adoption. Similarly, land size and economic motivation had also contributed positively and significantly (P<0.05) to the feeding adoption. The 16 variables which were put to regression analysis, explained about 68.20 percent variation in the feeding adoption.

Introduction

Since long dairy farming is a complementary enterprise to Indian agriculture. The dairying is an important secondary source of income for over 70 million rural families and assumed an important role in providing employment. Dairying is usually considered to be profitable and complimentary enterprise in agriculture. In the emerging scenario, livestock production in general and dairying in particular, has special place as an instrument for enhancing income of and reducing unemployment among the landness (Acharya, 1992). The dairy farming is based on four important components namely breeding , feeding , management and health care management practices of dairy cattles. Keeping cattles by tribals and nontribals of the study area is an integral component of balance and sustainable agriculture. Many studies have reported that personal, socio-economic, psychological and communicational characteristics of dairy farmers play an important role in adoption of dairy innovations.

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