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A Measurement Tool for Impact Assessment of Group Farming on its Members

Dangi Pooja Arun, Joginder Singh Malik, Rohtash Kumar and Neelam Kumari

Abstract

Group farming is a collective approach wherein farmers pool their land, labour, capital and share costs and profits. It helps to improve farmers’ access to markets and credit, by improving their knowledge, economies of scale, and bargaining power. It is important to study the impact of group farming towards economic, social, participatory, market linkage and technological point of view as it is one of the strong interpreters to boost productivity of smallholder agriculture. The summated rating method proposed by Likart (1932) was used to develop the scale to quantify the impact of group farming. Initially 72 statements were selected relating to review of literature and 31 being finalized for the final construction of the scale. The precision and consistency of the data were determined by calculating the reliability and validity of the scale. This scale will help the policy makers, academicians and researchers interested in studying the impact of group farming on its participants.

Keyword: Measurement scale; Group farming; Economic impact; Social impact; Market linkage.

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