ATTITUDE OF THE SMALLHOLDER FARMERS OF DINAJPUR DISTRICT TOWARDS MODERN MAIZE PRODUCTION

MA Islam*, MA Rahman and S Deb
Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2022, Pages 189-195

Abstract:

The main objective of the study was to determine the attitude of the smallholder farmers towards modern maize production and to explore the relationships between the selected characteristics of the maize growers and the attitude. The study was conducted in three villages under Goaldihi union of Khansama upazila of Dinajpur district. Data were collected from 50 maize growers randomly selected as sample from a population of 93 growers of three selected villages by using a pretested well-structured interview schedule from 1 October to 30 November, 2018. Attitude was measured through 30 items constructed on cognitive, affective, conative and evaluative psychology of growers towards the modern maize production. Results revealed that majority (70%) of the growers had moderately favorable attitude towards modern maize production followed by 16% less favorable and only 14% had highly favorable attitude. The results also revealed that attitude of smallholders was mainly influenced by their cognition (AI=38.0 scores), conation (AI=35.75 scores), evaluation (AI=24.21 scores) and affection (AI=13.16 scores) to modern maize production. Precisely, high profit, facilitated family nutrition, source of livestock feed and rich source of fuel straw for family consumption had substantial influence on such attitude. The result of Pearson’s product moment correlation co-efficient ‘r’ showed significant positive association between the education, annual income, profit gained, cosmopoliteness, use of communication media and the attitude of smallholder farmers towards modern maize production cognitive.

Keywords:

Attitude, Modern maize production, Small holder farmer


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MA Islam*, MA Rahman and S Deb. 2022. ATTITUDE OF THE SMALLHOLDER FARMERS OF DINAJPUR DISTRICT TOWARDS MODERN MAIZE PRODUCTION, Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University 9(2): 189-195.