Knowledge Empowerment of Tribal Farmers Through Participatory Extension Programme in East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh

Shah M. Hussain, B.P. Mishra, T.M. Chanu and M. Pathak


The present study was initiated to assess the impact of farmers’ participatory skill development training and
demonstration on Fish Farming technology on the knowledge level of fish growing tribal farmers under rainfed
based farming system in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Three major parameters of Fish Farming viz., a)
improved pond management practices, b) improved feeding management practices, and c) improved method of
integration of aquaculture with other enterprises; were investigated to study the knowledge level of the farmers. It
was observed that there was remarkable change in the level of knowledge and attitude of the fish growing farmers
in all the three aspects of aquaculture after the extension programmes conducted by KVK. The mean knowledge
level was increased from 29.8 per cent (pre-exposure) to 67.2 per cent (after exposure) indicating a change of 32.9
per cent in the overall knowledge level of the farmers about Fish Farming technologies. The present study was
carried out in 15 villages of East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. A total of 145 tribal farmers were interviewed
using structure schedule and group discussion.

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