A Logit Analysis of Bt Cotton Adoption and Assessment of Farmers’ Training Need

R.N.Padaria, Baldeo Singh, N. Sivaramane, Yaswant K.Naik, Ravi Modi, S.Surya

Abstract


Bt cotton across the world led to spectacular farm level benefits. India granted approval for its commercial cultivation
since 2002 and there has been phenomenal increase in its acreage. The present study made an attempt to use Logit regression
model to identify the factors which influenced the adoption of Bt cotton. The study was conducted with randomly selected
120 adopters and 60 non-adopters of Bt cotton from Punjab and Karnataka. Logit analysis revealed significant influence of
size of holding, capital base, extension contact, innovativeness, achievement motivation, and perception about Bt cotton on
adoption decision of the farmers for Bt cotton, whereas in contrary to a priori expectation, information source pluralism, mass
media exposure, social participation and education were not found to have a significant influence. Plant protection measures,
identification of quality seed, and use of refuge line were identified as the most important training needs of the farmers.
Comparative analysis of training needs of farmers of Punjab and Karnataka with Mann-Whitney U test revealed significant
difference in areas of identification of quality seed (P<.01), planting density (P<.01), use of fertilizers (P<.01), sowing (P<.01),
use of micronutrients (P<.05), use of plant growth regulators (P<.05) and disease management (P<.01).

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