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Analysis of farm-level adoption of soil nutrient management technology by paddy farmers in Karnataka, India

Kannan, Elumalai, Ramappa, K. B.
Environment, development and sustainability 2017 v.19 no.6 pp. 2317-2331
education, farmers, farms, fertilizer application, issues and policy, labor, models, nutrient management, paddies, probability, soil, soil analysis, soil nutrients, surveys, sustainable development, villages, India
Adoption of soil test-based nutrient management is important for achieving sustainable development of agriculture. The present study analysed the factors influencing the adoption of soil nutrient management technology package comprising adoption of soil test and recommended fertiliser by paddy farmers in the southern Indian state of Karnataka by using field survey data. Bivariate probit model was used to estimate the sequential adoption decisions on soil test and fertiliser application technologies. The study results showed that farmers’ training on fertiliser application and education had positive and significant effect on adoption of soil nutrient technology package. The likelihood of adoption of soil test technology decreases with increase in distance measured from farm to soil test laboratory. Availability of fewer family labour increases the probability of adoption of soil nutrient management technology. These results have significant policy implications for provision of soil testing facilities nearer to villages and for conducting periodical training programmes for encouraging the farmers to adopt soil test-based nutrient management.