S.K. Badodiya, Y.P. Singh and D.K. Vani
RVSKVV Gwalior MP
Diversification can be accomplished by adding a new crop species or different variety, or by changing the cropping system currently in use. Diversification can also be implemented to replace low-value commodities with high-value commodities, such as vegetables and fruits. Micro Irrigation is the most efficient water and nutrient delivery system for growing crops. Technology transfer through training, demonstration and extension activities has been viewed as the most important critical factor for increasing agriculture production. The study was conducted in the Barwani district of West Nimar region Madhya Pradesh due to its having a maximum number of contact farmers of KVK, using drip irrigation and crop diversification. In this study, the total sample consisted of 120 respondents for the study. KVK plays the most important role in the dissemination of technology among the farming community for adopting crop diversification and reducing financial risks associated with unfavourable weather or market shocks. The main advantages perceived by the respondents, were water and labour saving in guiding irrigation. Drip irrigation has become a means of hi-tech Agriculture/ Horticulture and precision farming. The efficiency of water is enhanced by 90 -95 per cent under a drip irrigation system. Bahuguna (1996) stated that by drip system of irrigation, 95 per cent of the irrigation water can be used efficiently and the production may be increased by 30-50 per cent. Farmers are mostly use DIS in Tomato, Bitter Gourd, Sponge Gourd, Chilli, Bottle Gourd, Ginger, Papaya, Banana, Pomegranate, Maize, Kabuli Chickpea and Cotton. The majority 65.00 per cent of respondents had increased their income due to crop diversification and found in the high category. Diverse cropping systems tend to decrease the probability of widespread crop failures and pest pressure and improve soil quality and crop yields. To support healthy, sustainable and profitable crop production, producers should start looking for opportunities.