Mesurement of Technology Adoption for Vegetablesproduction in Nainital District of Uttarakhand

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TECHNOFAME- A Journal of Multidisciplinary Advance Research

Vol.1 No. 2, 49-52 (2012)
Received June 2012; Accepted Oct.2012

Measurement of Technology (Hybrid Seed) Adoption for Vegetable Production in Nainital district of Uttarakhand
Neelam Nayal, Atul V. Singh and A.K. Singhal
Department of Agricultural Economics, Collage of Post Graduate Studies, GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology Pantnagar, US Nagar, Uttarakhand

Abstract:
New farm technologies are often introduced as a blanket recommendation to cover a wide agroecological zone, overlooking the micro-environmental diversity and the economic consequences of the innovations. These innovations viz., use of improved/HYV seed, along with new packages of practices are associated with growth in yield of crops. The adoption of hybrid seed technology may significantly affect relative economic position of the factors of production in terms of their share in total output so it is very important to know the level of technology adoption. The present study was confined to Nainital district of Uttarakhand covering one block and six villages. The study aimed to measure the level of technology adoption of vegetable hybrids by the farmers in the study area. The results obtained revealed that the area under study was characterized by preponderances of low adoption of technology as about 47 per cent of farmers were low adopters. The average holding size of low adopters group was 0.85 hectare and for medium and high adopter group was 0.64 hectare and 1.15 hectare, respectively which indicated size of farm is one of the most important determinants of adoption of new technology. Key words: Technology, adoption, production, vegetable

cultivation was limited; therefore mode
of attaining self-sufficiency in food grain
production was only by increasing the
productivity. This can be possible
through continuous improvement in
agricultural technology. New farm
technologies are often introduced as a
blanket recommendation to cover a wide
agro-ecological zone, overlooking the
micro-environmental diversity and the
economic
consequences
of
the
innovations [6]. These innovations viz.,
use of improved/HYV seed, optimum
seed quantity, optimum nutrient level,

Introduction
Indian agriculture has undergone
a tremendous transformation. In early
stages of agricultural development, the
main emphasis was laid to increase the
production of food grains to relieve the
country from substantial burden of food
grain imports and to achieve the self
sufficiency. There were two possible
ways of increasing food grain production
viz., extension of area under cultivation
and to increase the crop productivity.
The scope of increasing of land under
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optimum date of sowing, optimum level
of irrigation water, use of plant
protection
chemicals,
intercultural
operations, etc., are associated with
growth in yield of crops [3] Although
new practices add to the existing
uncertainty of agriculture and even when
change is welcomed, it takes time to
adopt and practice new technology.
However, in the agriculture sector, the
pace and pattern of technological change
depends not only the quality of available
technology, but proper adoption of that
technology on farmer’s field which in
turn tend to influence agricultural
growth.
Vegetables play a very important
role in human nutrition as it serves as a
source of essential nutrients like
vitamins and minerals, required for
several metabolic processes in human
body. Hill region is ideal for vegetable
production,
therefore,
enjoys
comparative advantage in production of
off-season vegetables. Apart from other
problems in the region, undulating
topography and hilly terrain makes it
difficult to sweep the profits from
vegetable production. Despite the
congenial environment, per hectare
yields are still low which thereby affect
the returns...
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