Jagdish Morya, S.K. Badodiya and I.S.Tomar
RVSKVV Gwalior MP
Vegetables now become an essential requirement of the daily human diet, because of their nutritional value. The tribes of Madhya Pradesh population constitute over 20% of the state population and are mainly concentrated in the southern part of the state. Crops grown here are primarily rain-fed as well as irrigated. Irrigated millet and vegetables are grown in a few pockets where perennial streams flow or large ponds exist (as at the edge of forests). The present investigation was conducted in Jhabua, Dhar, Alirajpur and Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh. The sample size for the study was 120 vegetable-growing tribal farmers. In this study, IPM practices like- Cultural Management, Mechanical Management, Biological Pest Control, Use of Bio-Pesticides, Weed Management Practices and INM practices like- Application of Organic Manure, Selection of Crops and Cropping Patterns, Intercultural Practices, Use of Natural Resources, Application of Bio-Fertilizers and Use of Inorganic Fertilizer were included. The majority of the respondents were in the medium category regarding knowledge about environment-friendly management practices and the majority 61.67 per cent of the respondents belonged to the medium adoption category. Variables like education, annual income, irrigation availability, farm power & mechanism and innovativeness, social participation, size of land holding, socio-economic status and source of information were positively and significantly correlated with knowledge and adoption of environment-friendly management practices. The majority of the respondents suggested for making the availability of pest-resistant varieties (87.50%), followed by 75 per cent of respondents said organising training programmes on environment-friendly practices were major suggestions for minimizing the ill effects of agrochemicals.