Yashwant Singh Rathore
Department of Agricultural Extension & Communication, Swami Keshawanand Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner
The present study was conducted in Bikaner district of Agro-climatic Zone Ic of Rajasthan based on highest number of constructed diggi under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)/Mukhya Mantri Krishak Sathi Yojana (MKSY). Two tehsils namely Khajuwala and Lunkaransar was purposely selected for the investigation based on highest number of constructed diggi under PMSKY/MKSY. The proportionate random sampling method was used to select the respondents who had got the benefits under PMKSY/MKSY for the construction of diggi and they were called as beneficiaries of PMKSY/MKSY. To constitute the other half of sample size, same numbers of farmers were also selected randomly from the same tehsils who had not got the benefits under PMKSY/MKSY and they were called as non- beneficiary respondents. Thus, a total of 180 respondents i.e. 90 beneficiary and 90 non-beneficiary farmers were selected from the selected tehsils as a sample for the study. The study revealed that majority of the beneficiary, non-beneficiary and overall respondents had medium level of perception about diggi based farming system. An effort was also made to establish the connection between the ranks assigned by beneficiary and non-beneficiary respondents with the help of rank correlation test. The value of rank correlation (rs) was 0.72 which presents positive correlation. The significance of rs was tested by ’t’ test and it was observed that calculated ‘t’ value (5.01) was higher than the tabulated value. The study also reveals that the calculated ‘Z’ value was higher than the tabulated value in four aspects of diggi based farming system i.e. technical know-how, financial/subsidy, impact of diggi based farming system which had shown significant association at five per cent level of significance and advantages of diggi based farming system shown significant association at one per cent level of significance, respectively.