Souvik Ghosh, Ashwani Kumar and Tanmaya Mohapatra
The present study was attempted to know the impact of the farmers training programmes conducted in eight districts of Odisha during the year 2007-11.These training programmes each of seven days duration were organized by Directorate of Water Management, Bhubaneswar with major theme of the trainings “scaling-up of water productivity in agriculture for livelihoods”. To assess the impact of trainings, questionnaire surveys covering 25-30% of farmers trained during the training programmes were carried out after a gap of minimum one year period. The findings implied that farmers showed significant improvement in their overall awareness (70.10%), attitude (68.27%) and skill (64.91%). The overall knowledge gain of the farmers on different scientific techniques for enhancing water productivity in agriculture was found to be significant and the adoption of these techniques by the farmers were found to be satisfactory level. Thus, trainings had motivated the farmers for adopting the modern techniques in order to get more production and farm income per drop of water.
Keyword: Training; Water productivity; Knowledge gain;