A COMPARATIVE STUDY ON THE ADOPTION OF MODERN SESAME PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES BY THE PROJECT FARMERS AND NON-PROJECT FARMERS IN SELECTED AREAS
The main focus of the study was to determine the difference between the Project Farmers (PFs) and Non-Project Farmers (NPFs) in respect of their adoption of modern sesame production technologies. The study also aims at differentiating the PFs and NPFs on the basis of their sixteen selected characteristics in terms of their adoption of modern sesame production technologies. Data were obtained from 60 randomly selected project farmers and 60 randomly selected non-project farmers of the five villages of five districts (Kushtia, Chuadanga, Faridpur, Jashore and Narail) using the interview schedule during 15 September to 25 October, 2014. Five recommended practices were selected to measure the adoption level. Adoption level of PFs and NPFs of five practices such as adoption of improved seed, adoption of recommended dose of fertilizer, adoption of weeding and thinning, adoption of irrigation and adoption of pesticide use were 39.42 & 1.93, 39.12 & 0.60, 38.65 & 23.71, 34.71 & 18.33 and 33.65 & 0.79 with a mean of 37.11 & 9.07 percent, respectively. Considering overall adoption level, the findings revealed that the highest proportion (48.3 percent) of project farmers fell under the low adoption category, 40.0 percent had medium adoption and 11.7 percent had high adoption with an average adoption quotient was 37.11 percent while all (100 percent) of the non-project farmers were low adoption category with an average adoption quotient was 9.07 percent. More than half (51.7 percent) of the project farmers had medium to high adoption category while no non-project farmers were in the medium to high adoption category.
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