R.R. Kalita, M. Dutta Das and Sayanika Bora
Organic manure provides a solution to the alarming environmental damage caused by chemical fertilizers. The residues of chemical fertilizer are not only percolating into the soil but have moved into the reservoirs of water, rivers and streams. With the global concern of safe foods, the concept of organic manure was introduced to the farmers. Among the various sources of organic manure, vermiculture technology recognized as having considerable potential as soil amendments and also source of generating additional income along with the environmental balance. And by looking into the benefit of organic manure, most of the farmers of Jorhat District started vermicompost in their houses. Thus the present study was undertaken to analyze the knowledge, attitude and practices of farmers towards vermiculture technology. The study was conducted in Jorhat district of Assam. A multi stage purposive cum simple random sampling design was followed for selection of three blocks of respective subdivision. 120 numbers of respondents, irrespective of gender were selected in 12 villages of the three blocks had been selected for the present study. Data collection was done by using interview cum questionnaire. Data revealed that 75.00 per cent of the respondent had medium level of knowledge and had strong favorable attitude (74.17%). 69.17 per cent of the respondents had medium practice level towards vermiculture technology. The findings revealed that education and organizational membership had showed significant association with knowledge of the farmers towards vermiculture technology. It also further revealed that attending the training programme had also showed significant association with both attitude and practices of farmers towards vermiculture technology.
Keyword: Organic manure; Environmental; Reservoirs of water; Vermiculture technology; Vermicompost