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Indian Journal of Social Research Vol.56 (4) (July - Aug, 2015) (711-718)

STUDY ON PROFILE OF BIOFERTILIZERS USING FARMERS IN MAJOR CROPS IN WARDHA DISTRICT OF MAHARASHTRA

A Srinivas1 and D N Bhalekar2
1P.G. Student and 2Assistant Professor, Extension Education Section
College of Agriculture, Dr. PDKV, Nagpur (MS), India.

Abstract

The study was carried out during 2011-2012 in Deoli Taluka of Wardha district of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra state for ascertaining the profile of biofertilizers using farmers by selective 100 farmers. The study revealed that the personal and socio-economic characteristics of the farmers indicated that majority of them belonged to 36 to 50 years of age, educated up to middle and high school level, possessed semi medium and small land holding in village community. The majority of the respondents belongs to income level up to 2,00,000. More than half of the respondents (52%) were not having any source of irrigation. It was followed (24.00%) of the farmers who were possessing dug well as source of irrigation. Majority of the respondents (65.00%) were following double cropping pattern, followed by (20.00%) respondents with single cropping pattern. The majority of farmers had medium level of extension contact and Innovativeness with regards to adoption of biofertilizers. The maximum percentages of the farmers were having medium and low level of scientific orientation. The majority of farmers had medium level of innovativeness, cosmopoliteness and knowledge.

Key words: Profile, biofertilizers, farmers

Introduction

Agriculture production depends upon availability and use of quality and quantity of farm inputs. The chemical fertilizers are supposed to be essential inputs for boosting up of production of hybrids and high yielding crop varieties. It has played a significant role in increasing agricultural production in the country since ‘Green Revolution’. The continuous use of chemical fertilizers however, has deteriorated the soil fertility, destroyed soil microbial activity, and disturbed environmental balance and ecological soundness.

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