19-Title: Adoption level of breeding and reproduction management practices among goat farmers in semi arid zone of Uttar Pradesh
Authors: Vijay Kumar, BP Singh and YC Bangar
Source: Ruminant Science (2013)-2(2):207-210.
How to cite this manuscript: Kumar Vijay, Singh BP and Bangar YC (2013). Adoption level of breeding and reproduction management practices among goat farmers in semi arid zone of Uttar Pradesh. Ruminant Science 2(2):207-210.
Goat is the important livelihood source for landless and marginal farmers in many part of the country. Uttar Pradesh has third highest goat population after Rajasthan and West Bengal. It has 10.52 per cent goats of India. Goat contributes 24.54 per cent of total livestock population of the states. Two districts (Firozabad and Mainpuri) on the basis of highest goat population were selected for the study. Four blocks of each district and from each block three villages were selected, purposively, on the basis of highest goat population. Further, ten respondents, having five or more goats, were selected randomly from each village to make a sample size of 240 respondent. Majority of goat farmers of all categories were partial adopters of breeding and reproduction management practices. Average adoption indexes of the practices were 41.4, 40.12, 44.3 and 41.19 for landless, marginal, small-semi medium and overall categories of farmers, respectively. The small-semi medium farmers had significantly higher level of adoption than that of others. Level of adoption and land holding categories of goat farmers were found significantly associated. The direction and strength of association was negative and weak. The education level of goat farmers had positive and significant correlation with adoption index of reproduction and breeding management practices. Family size of farmers contributes negatively to the adoption whereas education and land holding contribute positively.
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