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Measuring the Level of Commercialization of Farmers: A Case in Kamrup District of Assam

Jayanta Kr. Dutta, Rituraj Boruah and Sibani Das

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The study was carried out in Boko and Guwahati Agricultural sub-divisions of Kamrup and Kamrup (Metro) districts of Assam to determine the level of commercialization of the farmers with respect to cultivation of selected cole crops. The level of commercialization of the farmers was calculated on the basis of scores obtained by the farmers on different identified indicators of commercialization revealed that majority (49.73%) belonged to semicommercial level followed by 40.33 per cent of respondents belonging to commercial level. Only 9.94 per cent of the respondents were found in non-commercial level. Distribution of respondents according to various indicators of commercialization revealed that majority of the respondents used fertilizers with recommended dose (54.14%), used insecticides with partial recommended dose (45.86%), used chemicals against diseases with partial recommended dose (40.88%), did not use any micronutrient (57.46%), had more than 50 per cent of the marketable surplus under cole crops (60.77%) and had more than 50 per cent of the area coverage to total feasible area (44.20%). It was found that educational level, family size, family type, size of operational land holding, sources of labour, sources of finance, annual family income, achievement motivation, level of knowledge and risk preference were significantly associated with level of commercialization of the farmers, while age and marketing orientation were not significantly associated with level of commercialization of the farmers.

Keyword: Farmers; Cole crops; Comm

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