Manjot Kaur, Kanwaljit Kaur and Sukhdeep Kaur
Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) are designed and devoted for imparting need based, skill oriented short and longterm vocational training courses to farmers, farm women and rural youth. KVKs provide training not only in agriculture and allied sectors but also in other areas of income-generating activities that increase the income of farming families. To assess the impact of Vocational Training Courses (VTCs) on value addition to household products, a sample of 140 women trainees who had attended the training of 21 days or more duration was selected from the five KVKs of Punjab namely Bathinda, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Saheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Nawansher. Out of the total selected trainees, 46 per cent trainees have attended the training on value addition to household products. Out of total, only four per cent trainees had started their enterprise after receiving training. However, all the trainees had adopted the practice of preparation of decorative and utility articles from household waste material. Majority of the trainees had high level of extent of adoption of practices and overall adoption status of training course was also high. Major reason for non-establishment of an enterprise by the trainees was poor marketing linkages. Therefore, it is suggested that the marketing component and linkages related to establishing an enterprise should be an integral part of the training programme.
Keyword: Adoption status; Farm women; Value addition; Trainees; Extent of adoption;