Rambha Patel and Syed H. Mazhar
A study on Adoption of integrated disease management practices in rice crop was conducted in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh covering one block, six purposively selected villages and 120 randomly selected respondents to know the adoption of integrated disease management practices of the respondents as well as its associated correlates. A structured pre-tested interview schedule to measure the variables was prepared in consultation following standard methodology and review of literature and administered for the collection of primary data from the integrated disease management practices of rice crop by using extension personal interview technique. Thus, collected data were classified, tabulated, analyzed with application of suitable statistical tests, interpreted and logical conclusion was drawn in the light of objectives set forth. The findings inferred that 60.00 per cent of the respondents were middle aged, illiterates 30.83 per cent, up to 5 members 75.00 per cent in family size. Most of the respondents were marginal farmer 58.33 per cent land holding. Most of the respondents (50.00%) belonged to low category regarding annual income. Most of the respondents (69.17%) belonged to medium category of extension participation. Majority of the respondents had medium 72.50 per cent source of information. Majority of the respondents had medium 79.17 per cent level of social participation and had medium 67.50 per cent level of innovativeness. Most of the respondents had partially correct 66.67 per cent level of knowledge. Most of the respondents 75.83 per cent belonged to medium adopted category of adoption level. The study also revealed that socio-economic variables like, age, education, occupation, annual income, family type, family size, caste, mass media exposure, participation in extension activity, sources of information, innovativeness and knowledge were found significant at 5% level in influencing adoption behaviour of the rice crop growers.
Keyword: Knowledge; Integrated disease management; Rice; Crop;