Impact of Training Programmes on Adoption of Organic Farming Practices with Organic Marketing in East Sikkim

Pallabi Phukan, Boniface Lepcha and Ravikant Avasthe

Abstract


This study was conducted atKrishiVigyan Kendra, East district of Sikkim with a sample size of 120 consisting of 60
on-campus trainees and 60 off-campus trainees of the training programmes conducted during the year 2012-13,
2013-14 and 2014-15. The results of the analysis on perception of different farming practices showed that FYM was
the only major soil nutrients which the respondentsused for the cultivation of crops under organic soil nutrient
management i.e., 60 per cent. The KVK training was perceived as the most effective by the respondents as reflected
of the perception score of 50.8 per cent. The study also revealed that the farmers of Sikkim lack entrepreneurial
ability with 86.6 per cent farmers’ perception which was at par with non-availability organic seeds and lack of
proper market channel for organic farming produce were the major problems experienced by the farmers during
adoption of organic farming practices in Sikkim.Similarly, lack of proper local market yard facilities as well as
lack of wholesale market (92.5 and 81.6%, respectively famers’ perception) was also found as the two major
constraints during marketing of their agricultural produce.

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