M.L. Meena, H.C. Singh, Aishwarya Dudi, Ajay Kumar and SVS Chauhan
Goat rearing can be made a profitable venture for small and marginal farmers with very low investments. The study was conducted in arid zone of Rajasthan, India. The districts falling under this zone are Jodhpur, Pali, Barmer, and Jalore, out of these only Pali and Barmer districts were selected purposely, because these districts had highest number of goats as well as maximum milk production. Three panchayat samities were selected from each district and three villages from each of the selected panchayat samiti were selected randomly. Hence, eighteen villages in all were taken up for study. The respondents from each selected village were divided into three categories of small, medium and large flock owners, respectively. Respondents possessing 1-50 goats were termed as small flock owners, those possessing 51-100 goats, as medium flock owners and those possessing more than 100 goats as large flock owners. From each identified category, 5 respondents were selected on random basis. Thus from each of selected villages, fifteen goat owners were identified for the study. Thus in all, there were 270 goat owners. Results indicated that more than half of the respondents possessed medium level of adoption. They had higher adoption about clean milk production followed by management, feeding, breeds and breeding practices. There was significant difference in adoption levels between different categories of respondents with regard to breeds and breeding, feeding and management practices of goat production technology. The overall extent of adoption in general was found to be highest in large flock owners followed by medium and small having mean per cent scores of 55.54, 45.70 and 34.80, respectively.
Keyword: Goat; Dry land farming; S