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Comparative analysis of socio-psychological characters of farmers adopting various Resource Conservation Technologies

Davinder Singh, Prabhjot Kaur and Dalber Singh


Resource conservation technologies (RCT) play a significant role in sustaining and enhancing the productivity of the rice-wheat cropping system at a lower cost of production. The adoption of resource conservation technologies is expected to yield benefits to the farmers in terms of reduced losses due to soil erosion, saving of energy and irrigation costs, savings on labour, increased productivity and water-use efficiency, reduced pumping of groundwater, increased nutrient-use efficiency and adoption of new crop rotations. The present study was conducted with the aim to compare socio- psychological characters of adopter farmers of various resource conservation technologies in Punjab. Four RCTs were selected for the study i.e. zero till drill, happy seeder, laser leveller and green manuring. A sample of 200 farmers comprised of 50 adopter farmers for each RCT was selected by following cluster sampling design from Faridkot, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Mansa and Sangrur districts of Punjab state. The findings revealed that significant difference was found in innovativeness and extension contacts of the adopters of selected resource conservation technologies. In case of innovativeness, zero till adopters were significantly more innovative as compared to laser leveller adopters ’. Zero till adopters had highest extension contacts as compared to adopters of other selected RCTs. Key words: Zero till drill; Happy seeder; Laser leveller; Green manuring; Resource conservation technology;

Keyword: Resource Conservation Technologies, socio-psychological characters, water-use efficiency

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