Assessing Knowledge of Tribal Farmers Regarding Scientific Animal Husbandry Practices

Shruti Gour, M.K. Mandal and Ruchi Singh


The present study was conducted purposively in Mandla and Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh as these two districts have a sizeable proportion of tribal population. The final sample was comprised of 10 villages and 150 tribal livestock owners as respondents (n=150). The data shows that overall herd composition the study also shows that majority of the respondents reared poultry (40%), followed by cattle (26%), goats (25%), pig (5%) and buffalo (4%), respectively. Date also indicates that majority of the respondents (84.67%) gave first preference to relatives, followed by neighbour (62.67%), gram sevaks (34.67%), veterinary doctors (15.33%), radio (11.33%), newspaper (8.00%) and television (6.00%), respectively. Data pertaining to Knowledge level reveals that majority (64.37%) of the respondents had low level of knowledge followed by medium level of knowledge 35.63 per cent. None of the respondent had high level of knowledge regarding management, breeding, feeding and health care practices of animal husbandry. The relationship analysis reveals that age of the tribals farmers had negative and significant correlation (r= -0.141) with knowledge level about animal husbandry practices at 5 per cent level of significance while education of farmers had positive and significant (0.184) relationship with knowledge level.The independent variables namely, herd size (0 .324) and information source utilization (0.173) by the tribals were found to have positive and significant correlation at 1 per cent level of significance

Keyword: Tribal; Livestock; Management; Breeding; Feeding; Health care practices;

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