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Indian Journal of Social Research Vol.56 (4) (July - Aug, 2015) (637-643)

INDIGENOUS TECHNOLOGIES IN CROPPING SYSTEMS - AN ANALYTICAL STUDY IN GUNTUR DISTRICT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

V Deepthi1, P Rambabu2 and N Krishna Priya3
1 and 3 Ph.D. Scholars and 2Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension
Agricultural College, Bapatla - 522101, Andhra Pradesh

Abstract

A study was taken up with the main objective to find the correlation between the attitude of farmers towards ITK practices and their profile characteristics. For the purpose of study fifty (50) farmers were selected at random from Appikatla village of Bapatla mandal of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. The data was collected during 2013 through structured interview schedule. The independent variables studied included age, education, land holding, farming experience, annual income, extension contact, sources of information, economic orientation, risk orientation, indebtedness, fatalism, progressivism, level of aspiration While the dependent variable studied included ‘attitude of farmers towards ITK’. The dependent variable showed positive and significant correlation with Extension contact at 5% level of significance. The dependent variable also showed positive and significant correlation with Land holding, Farming Experience, Sources of information, indebtedness, Fatalism, Economic orientation at 1% level of significance.

Key words: ITK, Adoption, Guntur 

Introduction

Agriculture indigenous knowledge is an unwritten body of knowledge. It is held in different brains, languages and skills, in as many groups, cultures and environment as are available today (Chande et.al, 2003). Majority of the small holder farmers depend on Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) in their production systems and over time these traditional practices have proved to be successful and sustainable. Despite the importance of ITK in small holder production, research and development efforts have ignored it. Several good local practices and farmer innovations have been in existence for many years  and passed on from generation to generation. However, given the changing traditions and way of living in many of the communities, it is no longer possible to pass on many of these ITKs to the young generation, hence the need to actively involve local knowledge bearers into agricultural research and development to assist in documenting these ITKs.

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