MINING THE KNOWLEDGE OF FARM WOMEN APROPOS PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY OF THE MAJOR RAINFED CROPS – A CASE OF MADHYA PRADESH, INDIASarita Singh, M.M. Patel and S.R.K. Singh
Agriculture is a driver of economic development and food security. Forty three per cent of the global agricultural labour force is women and support for women can increase productivity and revenue by upto 20 percent. This study was conducted in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh. The Ex-post-facto research design was used. A total of 200 farm women were selected randomly and data was collected by personal interview using a schedule. Also apropos pearl millet, maximum number of farm women (45%) had complete knowledge about time of sowing and ranked first followed by recommended varieties, (40%) recommended seed rate, (35%), method of irrigation (35%), method of sowing (27.5%), recommended quantity of FYM and fertilizer (22.5%), disease their control measures (22.5%), weed management practices (17.5%)and insects and their control measures (12.5%). The study indicates for a serious look from the planners and policy makers for regular updating the knowledge of the practicing farm women for getting the desired yield for feeding the burgeoning population of country.
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