Innovativeness of the farmers of haor areas in adopting farm technologies towards increased boro rice production avoiding flash flood
MA Islam*, SC Das, MU Habiba
Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University, Volume 6, Issue 1 and 2, 2019, Pages 47-55
This study intends to provide an insight about the innovativeness of farmers of Haor areas in securing safe and increased production of Boro rice which often faces damage by early flash flood at the harvesting stage. Innovativeness was measured on two factors viz., i) earliness of the newly evolved modern technology to produce Boro rice, and ii) area coverage of the used technology. Data were collected from 250 randomly selected farmers using a pretested well-structured interview schedule during 10 March to 29 April, 2018. Results showed an overwhelming majority (90%) of the farmers of Haor areas who had low to medium innovativeness towards adoption of the listed 10 rice farming technologies while only 10% had moderate innovativeness. Depending on innovativeness as categorized by Rogers (1983) 3% of farmers of Haor areas were found innovator, 12.5% early adopter, 34.6% early majority, 34.1% late majority and 15.8% laggard. However, the innovativeness towards individual item of 10 technologies, weedicide (Rifit) and insecticide (Virtako) adoption ranked top two for quick and extensive use by the overwhelming majority of the farmers followed by BRRI dhan28, mechanical harvester, BRRI dhan29, BRRI dhan58, MoP, BRRI dhan64, TSP and BRRI dhan62. It is also revealed that education, annual income, knowledge, training experience, extension contact and attitude of the farmers of Haor areas had significant influence on their innovativeness.
Haor, innovativeness, Boro rice, adoption, technology
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MA Islam*, SC Das, MU Habiba. 2019. Innovativeness of the farmers of haor areas in adopting farm technologies towards increased boro rice production avoiding flash flood, Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University 6(1 and 2): 47-55.