Correlates of Extent of Participation and Impact of National Watershed Development Programme by the Beneficiaries

K.U. Deshmukh and R.P. Kadam

Abstract


The present investigation was conducted in Beed and Nanded district of Marathwada region in Maharashtra State.
The main objective of the study was to assess the relationship between profile of beneficiaries with their extent of
participation and impact of NWDP. The data were collected with the help of pre-designed interview schedule by
contacting 200 respondents i.e. 100 beneficiaries from watershed villages and 100 non-beneficiaries from nonwatershed
villages. The result revealed that majority (70.00%) of the beneficiaries having middle aged, followed by
38.00 per cent of the beneficiaries were educated up to secondary school level, while 52.00 per cent of the
beneficiaries were having medium family size. Further it was observed that 53.00 per cent of the beneficiaries were
from higher caste i.e. major castes – Maratha, Brahmin, while 49.00 per cent of the beneficiaries having semi
medium land holding, whereas 60.00 per cent of the beneficiaries having medium area under irrigation. It was also
found that 66.00 per cent of the beneficiaries having medium annual income, while 46.00 per cent of the beneficiaries
having medium social participation, whereas 61.00 per cent of the beneficiaries having medium level of extension
contact, and 52.00 per cent of the beneficiaries having medium level of economic motivation. Also the result showed
that education, family size, land holding, area under irrigation, annual income, social participation, extension
contact and economic motivation were found to be positively and significantly related with extent of participation
and impact of NWDP.

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