J.V. Chovatia, P.N. Panchani and V.M. Savaliya
College of Agriculture, Junagadh Agricultural University, Junagadh, Gujrat
The groundnut crop, also known as peanut or Arachis hypogea, serves as a staple food and a crucial source of income for many communities around the globe. However, the increasing threat posed by white grubs demands our immediate attention and innovative action. White grubs, the larvae of various scarab beetle species, relentlessly feed on groundnut roots, leading to reduced nutrient uptake, stunted growth, and even plant mortality. Traditional control measures have often fallen short of effectively managing these pests, resulting in recurring economic losses for farmers and threatening food security. The study was conducted in Porbandar district of Saurashtra region of Gujarat state during the year 2019-2020. The primary data were collected from 120 groundnut growers by following personal interview method and using structured interview schedule. After the analysis of the collected data it was observed that, majority of the farmers (64.16 per cent ) were under medium level of adoption of improved technology for effective control of white grub in groundnut and majority of the respondents (59.16 per cent ) have medium level of knowledge about improved technology for effective control of white grub in groundnut, more than 70 per cent of groundnut growers were found effective utilization of information sources followed by 53.34 per cent respondents had medium level of scientific orientation. More than half (59.16 per cent ) of the farmers were found medium level of risk preference regarding improved technology for effective control of white grub in groundnut followed by half of the respondents (53.34 per cent ) have had medium level of scientific orientation. Keeping these in view present study was conducted to know the extent of adoption and knowledge of groundnut growers about improved technology for effective control of white grub in groundnut.