ADOPTION OF ALTERNATE WETTING AND DRYING METHOD IN BORO RICE PRODUCTION BY THE FARMERS OF SADAR UPAZILA UNDER SHERPUR DISTRICT

Mohammad Ashraful Islam1*, Dil Afroz Dipu1, Biplob Deb1, Pankoz Chandra Roy1
Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2023, Pages 47-54

Abstract:

Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) irrigation is a technique to lowering seepage and percolation during the crop-growing season for enhanced water productivity at the field level. The method is becoming popular among farmers as water is becoming crucial input for crop production in Bangladesh. The objectives of the study were to determine the factors that influenced adoption decision regarding the AWD method and its extent of adoption by the farmers in Boro rice production. Four issues of practicing the AWD method namely (i) area coverage, (ii) the number of perforated Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes installed in the crop field for monitoring the water content status in the soil, (iii) the number of the visit paid by the farmers to check the water content status in between each irrigation, and (iv) days of last irrigation before harvesting Boro rice were taken into consideration to measure adoption of AWD method. Following the systematic random sampling method, a total of 53 selected farmers were interviewed using a pretested well-structured interview schedule during June to July 2020. The adoption decision regarding the AWD method was influenced by four socio-psychological characteristics namely education, knowledge, media contact, and attitude of the farmers. The average coverage of the AWD method was 47.23%, where the use of perforated PVC pipe was 46.46%, the visit paid by the farmers was 50.47%, and the recommended last irrigation before harvesting was adopted by 62.03% of the respondents. However, more than half (52.8%) of farmers had medium use of AWD, while 24.5% and 22.6% had low and high adoption, respectively.

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AWD method, adoption, Boro rice and farmer


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Mohammad Ashraful Islam1*, Dil Afroz Dipu1, Biplob Deb1, Pankoz Chandra Roy1. 2023. ADOPTION OF ALTERNATE WETTING AND DRYING METHOD IN BORO RICE PRODUCTION BY THE FARMERS OF SADAR UPAZILA UNDER SHERPUR DISTRICT, Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University 10(1): 47-54.