Assessing Integrated Farming System Models Apropos Employment Generation Potential in Madhya Pradesh
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Keywords:Employment generation, Integrated farming system, Marginal farmers, Man days
Integrated Farming System (IFS) approach has been identified as the way-out for providing income and employment to the millions farmers and farm women engaged in agriculture sector. It has immense potential toÂ ensure livelihood as well as income security to the persons engaged through any component of IFS. The studywas conducted in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh to assess the IFS models in relation to employment generation of tribal farmers. The study was conducted with 250 respondents (125 respondents each fromÂ marginal and small land holdings respondents) selected randomly from 5 blocks using personal interview.Results revealed that, among the 10 IFS models in study area high employment generation was found in the category of Crop + dairy (1816 man days/year) followed by Crop + dairy + poultry (533 man days/year), Crop +Â dairy + goat rearing (202 man days/year), Crop + dairy + poultry + goat rearing (64 man days/year), Crop +poultry (61 man days/year), Crop + dairy + fishery (41 man days/years), Crop + poultry + Goat rearing (27 man days/year), Crop + Dairy + Goat rearing + Fishery (20 man days/year), Crop + fishery (18 man days/year) and
very least in case of Crop + Goat rearing (11 man days/year). Correlation analysis reveals that out of 18Â independent variables only 6 variables were significantly correlated with employment generation by IFS eitherÂ at 0.05 or at 0.01 level of probability.
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