Elements controlling the adoption level of farmers regarding bio-fertilizer applications
R Jayasankar, T Ramsundar, R Muthukumar
Sugarcane is the main source of sugar in Asia and Europe. Sugarcane is grown primarily in the tropical and sub tropical zones of the southern hemisphere. Sugarcane is the raw material for the production of white sugar, jaggery (gur) and khandsari. It is also used for chewing and extraction of juice for beverage purpose. But presently, sugarcane cultivation is in crisis. Cane growers are now facing innumerable problems in sugarcane cultivation. With low yields, varietal degeneration, high input costs, incidence of diseases and pests, soil degradation, salinity, water logging and drought, the area under sugarcane is gradually shrinking. Also water is a major constraint, limiting the production. It is an imperative need for the cane growers to reduce traditional method of cane cultivation and adopt high yield practices with a view to increase their annual income. ‘Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative’ (SSI) is clearly the foremost option available right now to address many of these problems. The Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) is an innovative set of agronomic practices that involves using less chipped buds, raising seedlings in a nursery, and following new planting methods, with wider plant spacing, and better water and nutrient management to increase the cane yields significantly. The zero-order correlation co-efficient and linear multiple regression analysis were employed to study the relationship and contribution of characteristics with adoption level in SSI practices. The study was taken up in the sugarcane predominant district of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu State (India) with a sample size of one hundred and twenty growers selected based on the random sampling method. The findings revealed that out of fifteen independent variables only five variables were found to be positive and significant relationship with adoption level in both correlation and regression analysis.
R Jayasankar, T Ramsundar, R Muthukumar. Elements controlling the adoption level of farmers regarding bio-fertilizer applications. European Journal of Biotechnology and Bioscience, Volume 4, Issue 11, 2016, Pages 41-43