IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 7, July 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
S. Nazreen Hassan
Research findings have indicated the extent of awareness knowledge and adoption of banana cultivation technologies in Tirunelveli district. The study was taken up with a sample size of 120 farmers from three blocks of Nanguneri, Kalakkad and Cheranmahadevi with soil types of red sand, red loam and river alluvium respectively. Most farmers in the study area are small farmers and also their annual income ranged between one lakh and three lakhs. Most farmers in Nanguneri (35%), Kalakkad (50%) and Cheranmahadevi (52.5%) had an experience of more than 20 years in farming. All the farmers in the study area are in contact with the AAO. Most of the farmers watch TV (91.6%) and read newspapers (81.6) for agricultural related information. It was also found that adoption of recommended practices in banana cultivation had significant relationship with information seeking behaviour. From adoption gap in the twelve practices studied, it was seen that highest adoption gap was noticed in practices like application of micronutrients (98.33) followed by use of growth regulators (89.17%) and intercropping (80%) in earlier stage. The study reveals that the pattern of awareness gap, knowledge gap and adoption gap are similar. But the magnitude for adoption gap is twice higher than that of awareness gap and knowledge gap. Regarding the stages of adoption awareness and knowledge stage has been well addressed by the state department. The farmers are also convinced about the technologies. Since most farmers are small and marginal farmers, their perception is more on the results to which they are uncertain and feel that the technologies with higher adoption gap only further increases their cost of production.