P.K. Pandey, R. Gayahtri Goud and S.K. Jha
Department of Agricultural Extension, IGKV, Raipur (CG)
Present investigation was carried out in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh state during the year 2022-23 to assess current status of the farmers growing different forage crops with special reference to their existing knowledge and adoption level of recommended forage production technology. Villages from all the four blocks of Raipur district were selected purposively, 40 farmers who were growing forage crop were selected according to their availability for this study. Respondents were personally interviewed through pre tested interview schedule. Collected data were analysed with the help of suitable statistical methods. The investigation concluded The majority of forage growers fall into the age group of 30-40 years, education level of high school, belongs to Other Backward Caste category, has 6-10 years of experience of forage production, belongs to the small farm land category, fall under the "2.5-4.0 lakhs" income category, with the most frequently used extension service among forage farmers was RAEO, and obtains information mostly from friends, relatives and progressive farmers. It was observed that the Barseem and Maize were the most prevalent forage crops in the study area grown by the farmers throughout the year. Majority of the respondents i.e., (67.5%) had medium level of knowledge and 65% respondents had medium level of adoption regarding recommended forage production technology, and also found that variables like age, education, land holding, extension services, Sources of information, farming experience, income share from forage, knowledge on forage production technology were positively correlated whereas Family size, caste, were negatively ,Non significantly correlated with adoption of forage production technology.