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Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Biosciences (IJPAB)
Year : 2019, Volume : 7, Issue : 5
First page : (154) Last page : (159)
Article doi: :

A Study on Adoption Level of Good Horticultural Practices by the Vegetable Growers

S. K. Samantaray1*, P. K. Panda2, B. P. Giri3 and M. P. Nayak4
1Scientist (Agril. Extn.) 2Scientist (PP) 3Scientist (Horti.), KVK, Ganjam-I
4Jt. Director (Info.), DEE, OUAT
*Corresponding Author E-mail:
Received: 27.04.2019  |  Revised: 30.05.2019   |  Accepted: 8.06.2019  


Appropriate promotion and adoption of GHP from farm to fork will help improve the safety and quality of food and agricultural products. In addition, producers and consumers will benefit from global markets and improve their livelihoods and the national economy as a whole. The average productivity of majority of the vegetables in India is lower (12 t/ha) compared to that in other agriculturally developed countries of the world. It could be enhanced through adoption of improved technologies including weed management. The knowledge of farmers about vegetable varieties and their behaviour in adopting these varieties and other technologies including weed management have been assessed. This study is based on a total sample of 120 farmers selected randomly from 2 blocks of Ganjam district in Odisha. A majority of the farmers are reported to have high and medium level knowledge of improved technologies of tomato and cauliflower cultivation. However, only 17 per cent in Jagannathprasad and 35 per cent in Surada Blocks of Ganjam district are reported to be high adopters of the improved technologies including weed management in Cauliflower. A majority of the farmers have expressed that lack of control measures for weed, leaf curl in tomato, high cost of pesticide and fertilizer, lack of marketing, impure seeds and chemical, timely labour availability as the major reasons for non-adoption of improved technologies. A significant correlation between extension contact and knowledge and adoption of improved technology has been found. It is suggested that there is a need to strengthen communication methods like TV and radio by extending the duration of farm programs and providing specialized training to the growers by the state department in consultation with the KVK. Research efforts should be strengthened to develop multiple disease, pest and weed-resistant varieties and direct supply of these varieties to farmers. It is observed that co-operative farming or formation of FPO may solve the problem of small farmers in respect to post-harvest management and value-addition.

Keyword: Behaviour, Adoption, Vegetable, Technology.

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Cite this article: Samantaray, S.K., Panda, P.K., Giri, B.P. &  Nayak, M.P. (2019). A Study on Adoption Level of Good Horticultural Practices by the Vegetable Growers, Ind. J. Pure App. Biosci.7(5), 154-159. doi: