Pallabi Phukan, Boniface Lepcha and Ravikant Avasthe
This study was conducted atKrishiVigyan Kendra, East district of Sikkim with a sample size of 120 consisting of 60 on-campus trainees and 60 off-campus trainees of the training programmes conducted during the year 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. The results of the analysis on perception of different farming practices showed that FYM was the only major soil nutrients which the respondentsused for the cultivation of crops under organic soil nutrient management i.e., 60 per cent. The KVK training was perceived as the most effective by the respondents as reflected of the perception score of 50.8 per cent. The study also revealed that the farmers of Sikkim lack entrepreneurial ability with 86.6 per cent farmersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ perception which was at par with non-availability organic seeds and lack of proper market channel for organic farming produce were the major problems experienced by the farmers during adoption of organic farming practices in Sikkim.Similarly, lack of proper local market yard facilities as well as lack of wholesale market (92.5 and 81.6%, respectively famersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ perception) was also found as the two major constraints during marketing of their agricultural produce.
Keyword: Constraints; Krishi Vigyan Kendra; Organic Farming; Perception; Training