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EFFECT OF INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT CLUB ACTIVITIES ON THE PROCESS OF FARMER’S EMPOWERMENT IN RICE PRODUCTION SYSTEM (Pages : 30 - 36)

M.L. HAIDER, M.E. HAQUE AND A.K. DAS

The purpose of the study was to determine the extent of empowerment of the farmers in rice production after joining the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) club activities. Empowerment of the respondents was measured by some indicators such as access to resources, decision making in production issues, decision making in pest management issues, access to marketing facilities, technology adoption, technology dissemination, participation in income generation activities, coping strategies in vulnerability, participation in social activities and communication exposure. Composite empowerment index (CEI) was the out come of all indicators of empowerment. The study revealed that the indexes of the said parameters significantly improved after joining the IPM club activities. After the step wise regression the most significant variables concerned to the empowerment in rice production were identified as education, knowledge on IPM, age, practice of IPM, organizational participation and family size. The most important problems in the process of farmer’s empowerment were located as poor resources and capital, lack of awareness, incapable in decision-making process, disinterest in technology adoption and dissemination, poor understanding about the future benefit of IPM, less access to marketing facilities, insufficient training and education, lack of farmers active organization, insufficient publicity through different media and lack of coordination between the farmers and extension workers.Download


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