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Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (2013)

Empowerment of farmers through cultivation of medicinal plants a critical analysis

Suganthi N.

Titre : Empowerment of farmers through cultivation of medicinal plants a critical analysis

Auteur : Suganthi N.

Université de soutenance : Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agriculture Extension 2013

Résumé partiel
The study entitled “Empowerment of farmers through cultivation of medicinal plants –A critical analysis” has been taken up to explore the empowerment dimensions of farmers through cultivation of medicinal plants. The study was conducted with the aim to bring out the characteristics of the respondents, to find out the motivational factors influenced towards cultivation of medicinal plants, assess the knowledge and adoption levels of respondents pertaining to the cultivation technologies and the training needs of the growers were analysed. Besides, an attitude scale was developed to measure the attitude of farmers towards cultivation of medicinal plants. Further, the study focused in identifying the associating and contributing variables with attitude towards cultivation of medicinal plants, extent of adoption of cultivation technologies and perceived empowerment of the growers. Constraints faced by the growers were also studied. The study was conducted in Attur and Thoppampatti blocks of Salem and Dinigul districts, from each block four villages was selected based on the maximum area under cultivation of medicinal plants. A sample size of 150 farmers was fixed for the study. Proportionate random sampling technique was followed for the selection of respondents. Expost facto design was selected as an appropriate research design. The data were collected using a pre-tested interview schedule. To add supportive details to the data collected, case study was also taken up. The data were analyzed by using appropriate statistical tools and presented logically. The salient findings of the study are given here under.Regarding the profile of the respondents, majority of the medicinal plant growers were in the middle age category and were functionally literate with farming as their primary occupation. The respondents apportioned low area (1-5 acres) for cultivation of medicinal plants. Nearly half (46.00%) of the respondents had more than 10 years experience in cultivation of medicinal plants, and less than half (40.00%) of the growers were observed to be big farmers. The annual income of nearly half (above Rs.1 lakh) of the growers was high and possessed medium level of post harvest facility, technical orientation, credit orientation and risk orientation.

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