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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : (1331) Last page : (1336)
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Perceived Effectiveness of Improved Indigenous Knowledge (IK) Treatments among Livestock Farmers

Vishwatej R.1*, Kadian K. S.2, Kartik D.1 and Raja L.
1PhD scholar, Dairy Extension Division, ICAR- NDRI, Karnal-132 001
2Principal Scientist & Head, Dairy Extension Division, ICAR- NDRI, Karnal-132 001
*Corresponding Author E-mail:
Received: 12.07.2017  |  Revised: 27.08.2017   |  Accepted: 3.09.2017    



A study was conducted in Telangana state during year 2014-2016 to know the perception of improved Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) practices among livestock farmers. A list of six ITK practices which are scientifically validated for the treatment of two disease viz. Foot & Mouth Disease and Mastitis in livestock were selected. A sample of 220 respondents were selected randomly from two districts of the state i.e., Warangal and Mahabubnagar districts and were personally interviewed. It was found that most of the farmers were of old aged (43.80 %),School dropouts (64.55 %), depends on multiple occupation i.e., Livestock farming + agriculture + wage labour (34.55%) possessing marginal land holding(34.55 %), medium herd size (46.36 %) and family annual income ranging from Rs 95,447/- to 1,98,027 (40.62%). The most of respondents also had high farming experience (46.82%), Social participation (43.10%), Mass media exposure (43.12%) and innovativeness (39.38 %). The perceived effectiveness of six ITK practices with respect to seven technology traits i.e., Cost effectiveness, Adaptabilty, Observability, Trailabilty, Complexity, Relative advantage, Sustainability were analysed using Mean Perceived Effectiveness Index (MPEI). It was found that among three improved ITK practices for treatment of Mastitis, ‘Topical application of Mastilep Gel’ (2.237) was perceived as highly effective whereas, ‘Topical application of Dermanol’(2.214) was perceived as moderately effective and ‘Topical application of Chenopodium leaf paste’ (1.892) was perceived as less effective. Among three improved ITK for treatment of Foot & Mouth disease (FMD), practices of ‘feeding of Roasted brinjal with Ghee &Topical application of Coconut oil mixed with camphor’ (2.159) and ‘Feeding Lard mixed with banana & sesame oil (2.190) were perceived to be moderately effective, while the practice of ‘Topical application of   Babool/ Jamun bark paste’ (1.892) was perceived to be less effective

Key words: ITKs, Ethno veterinary, livestock, Perceived effectiveness, Mastitis, FMD

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Cite this article: Vishwatej, R., Kadian K.S., Kartik, D. and Raja L., Perceived Effectiveness of Improved Indigenous Knowledge (IK) Treatments among Livestock Farmers, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci. 6(2): 1331-1336 (2018). doi: