Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 23, Issue 4, 2017; Page No.(2229-2235)

DIFFUSION OF HOMESTEAD TECHNOLOGIES OF RAJENDRA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (RAU) AMONG RURAL WOMEN OF BIHAR, INDIA

Veenita Kumari and R. Vasantha

Abstract

Diffusion is the process through which technologies from the research stations reach to its end users. But the rate at which it is diffused in a social system is governed by a host of factors. In order to unearth these factors that affect diffusion of homestead technologies among rural women, a study was conducted in three districts of Bihar with a sample of 225 respondents who were exposed to the nine selected homestead technologies over a period of time. Data was collected through a structured interview schedule. The study highlighted that though cent per cent of the respondents were aware about these technologies but still percentage of adoption of these technologies ranged from nearly 5 per cent in case of value addition to garments to approximately 65 per cent in vermicompost technology. The percentage of discontinuance, who had adopted these technologies in the past, was upto the extent of 12.0 per cent.

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