Vijay Kumarand B.P. Singh
Goat is the important livelihood source for landless and marginal farmers in many parts of the country. Uttar Pradesh has third highest goat population (10.52%) after Rajasthan and West Bengal. Goat contributes 24.54 percent of total livestock population of the Uttar Pradesh. Two districts (Firozabad and Mainpuri) on the basis of highest goat population were selected for the study. Four blocks of each district and from each block three villages were selected, purposively, on the basis of highest goat population. Further, ten respondents, having five or more goats, were selected randomly from each village to make a sample size of 240 respondents. Majority of goat farmers were partial adopters of feeding management practices followed by high adopters and low adopters. Average adoption indexes were 65.7, 57.1, 65 and 60.91 for landless, marginal, small & semi medium and overall categories of farmers, respectively. The marginal farmers had significantly lower level of adoption than that of others. Level of adoption and land holding categories of goat farmers were found significantly associated and the direction and strength of association was positive and weak. The education level of goat farmers had positive and significant correlation with adoption index of feeding management practices. Flock size and age of farmers contributes negatively to the adoption whereas land holding contributes positively.
Keyword: Adoption, Goat, Feeding m