KNOWLEDGE LEVEL OF THE FARMERS ON ECO-FRIENDLY AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES IN PADDY CULTIVATION
Dr. Darling B.Suji
The introduction and widespread use of high –external input and modern agriculture have caused many problems. Firstly, these problems are socio economic in nature i.e., technologies improved the condition of larger farmers and did not take enough care of small farmers. Secondly, theses problems were encountered in the areas of environmental and health. The magnitude of these problems varied from direct poisoning of farmers by use / misuse of agro –chemicals leads to deterioration in quality of air, water and land. Now, the scientists have realized the hazardous effects of the modern agriculture and thinking alternatives for achieving sustainable agricultural development. The indigenous technologies can only serve as alternatives to this problem. Keeping in view of the importance of eco-friendly technologies, the present study on knowledge level of the farmers on eco-friendly agricultural technologies in paddy cultivation was taken up in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The sample size consisted of 120 paddy growers. Majority of the farmers had medium level of knowledge on eco-friendly technologies in paddy cultivation.
KEY WORDS: Knowledge, eco-friendly, agricultural technology, paddy