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Indian Journal of Social Research Vol.56 (4) (July - Aug, 2015) (651-657)

IMPACT OF AGRO-MET ADVISORY SERVICES (AAS) ON BENEFICIARIES AND NON-BENEFICIARIES SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS

Preethi1, Chandrashekar S Vaster2, A B Sunitha3, B Yashodhara4
1,3 and 4Ph.D. Scholars and 2Professor
Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Agricultural Sciences
GKVK, Bengaluru - 560065, India

Reshma
Rural Office, Canara Bank, Sira, India

Abstract

The present investigation was conducted in chickballapur district of Karnataka where four villages were selected to assess the perception level of AAS (n=90) and non-AAS (n=90) farmers with the total sample size of 180 respondents selected using purposive random sampling method. Data was collected using structured interview schedule through personal interview method. Ex-post facto Research design was employed for the study. The findings revealed that majority of AAS farmers belonged to middle age group, with different levels of education, small family size, equal land holdings, high degree of cosmopoliteness, high extension participation, low mass media exposure, high material possession, low farming experience, high irrigation  potential and high scientific orientation. Majority of Non-AAS farmers belonged to middle age group, with different levels of education, small family size, equal landholdings, low degree of cosmopoliteness, low extension participation, low mass-media exposure, low material possession, low farming experience, medium irrigation potential and low scientific orientation. The indigenous knowledge followed by more number of respondents is increased number of irrigation. Further, the study revealed lack of technical skills and capacities for adoption of technology as the major problem encountered by majority of AAS farmers. There exists a significant (χ2 = 5.99*, p<0.05) difference between AAS and non-AAS farmers Cosmopoliteness, Extension Participation, Material Possession, Irrigation potential and Scientific Orientation characteristics.

Introduction

Climate is the primary determinant of agricultural productivity. Climate refers to the temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, direction, and precipitation in a region over a period of time. Climate change is one of the biggest environmental threats to food production, water availability, forest biodiversity and livelihoods. It is known to influence crop and livestock production, hydrologic balances, input supplies and other components of agricultural systems. In the year 1976, India Meteorological Department (IMD) started Agro-Meteorological Agricultural Advisory Service (AAS) from its State Meteorological Centers, in collaboration with Agriculture Departments of the respective State Governments...

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