Pramod, Shobhana Gupta, K.C. Sharma and B.S. Badhala
Department of Extension Education, SKNAU, Jobner-Jaipur Rajasthan-303329
A solar water pump functions with the help of energy generated from sunlight. The entire system runs without the need for any external source of power other than the energy gathered naturally during daylight hours. The main advantage of the solar water pump is that it uses sunlight at no cost. A solar energy-powered water pump is operated on the electricity that is generated by solar photovoltaic modules. As per the statistics given in Wikipedia, in 2016-17, India’s agricultural sector accounted for 18.33 per cent of the total electricity consumption. There are 21 million irrigation pump sets being used in India. Out of which 9 million are running on diesel the grid is focused on the remainder. The present study was conducted in Jaipur, Rajasthan. A sample of 120 respondents was selected for the study. The primary data was collected from the respondents by using the semi-structured interview schedule. To find out the association of respondents’ profiles with their knowledge & adoption regarding solar pump sets in vegetable production, the Chi-square test was used. Regarding the profile of the respondents calculated, the Chi-square value was higher than its corresponding tabulated value at 5 per cent or 1 per cent level of significance indicating the dependency of knowledge as well as adoption of vegetable production technology on education, occupation, annual family income, size of landholding, farm mechanization, utilization of information, contact with extension agent, economic motivation and scientific orientation. Whereas in the case of age, the calculated chi-square value was smaller than it’s corresponding tabular value indicating the independency of knowledge and adoption of vegetable production technology of beneficiaries as well as non-beneficiaries farmers with their age.