IMPACT OF RESULT DEMONSTRATION ON SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION (SRI) ADOPTION AMONG PARTICIPANT AND NON-PARTICIPANT FARMERS IN CHITWAN, NEPAL
Present study was conducted to assess the impacts of result demonstration on System of Rice Intensification (SRI) adoption in Chitwan, Nepal in 2011. The survey research design was used whereas purposive and cluster sampling was followed to collect the information. The study was conducted in Gunjanagar Village Development Committee (VDC) of Chitwan district which was purposively selected because of implementation of result demonstration by District Agricultural Development Office (DADO) Chitwan during 2009. A total of 176 respondents were identified including 6 demonstrator farmers, 124 participant farmers, and 46 non-participant farmers. A pre-tested and standard interview schedule was employed for household survey to collect primary information. The findings revealed that only six respondents had been continued to follow SRI. Improper implementation of demonstration, poor monitoring and evaluation, poor supply of information materials were the reasons to have low adoption of SRI among participant farmers. Lack of information, training, alternate SRI techniques and suitable land were the reasons to have low level of adoption of SRI among non-participants. Trainings conducted on SRI also did not have effective impact to improve the knowledge of the participant farmers. Relevant effective trainings on SRI, proper selection and prior supply of the informative materials enhance SRI to increase rice production in Chitwan district for both types of farmers.
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