Technology adoption pattern of sericulture farmers: A study in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka
N Shireesha, RS Umakanth
India is the agriculture based country and 65 per cent of its population depends on agriculture for their livelihood. In order to provide livelihood to rural poor and to control migration of rural poor to urban places, Government of India has been encouraging regular income and employment oriented farming approaches. One such potential farming enterprise is Sericulture and its end product has been intermingled with the life and culture of the Indians. The very nature of this industry with its rural based on-farm and off-farm activities and enormous employment generation potential has attracted the attention of the planners and policy makers to recognize the industry among one of the most appropriate avenues for socio-economic development. New technologies development and its proper dissemination play a vital role for the development and success of any agriculture / farm based activity. This is because of good number of innovative and highly productive technologies developed by the State and Central sector research institutes have contributed for the success of sericulture not only in traditional areas but also in new areas. However, still there is a lacuna in the dissemination and adoption of improved practices by the farmers. Hence the study was taken up in Chikkaballapura district of Karnataka to know the adoption level of improved sericulture technologies and the factors influencing the process of their adoption. The study found that socio-economic factors and the participation in extension activities plays a major role in the adoption of various technologies.