Factors Influencing the Prospects of Zero Till Technology in Punjab
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Keywords:Attitude, Impact, Problems, Prospects, Resource conservation technology, Zero till drill
The zero-tillage technology is widely maintained as an integrated approach to conserve resources that can
tackle the problem of wheat yield stagnation in the rice-wheat zone by improving planting time, reducing weed
infestation, and enhancing fertilizer and water use efficiency. An attempt was made to assess the factors
influencing the prospects of zero till technology in Punjab. A sample of 50 adopter farmers was selected by
following cluster sampling design from Faridkot, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, MansaÂ and Sangrur districts of Punjab state. The findings revealed that more than half (56.00%) of the farmers wanted to discontinue zero till drill in coming years. About one fourth (24.00%) of the farmers were willing to keep areaÂ constant under zero till drill. Majority of the farmers (68.00%) indicated to have favourable attitude towards zero till drill. Regarding functioning of zero till drill, it can only be used after straw removal (28.00%). Functioning ofÂ zero till drill also affected by stubbles (16.00%) as it needs fields to be cleaned properly. Determinants significantly influencing the prospects of zero till technology were age, operational land holding, family type, innovativeness,Â risk orientation and economic motivation of farmers.
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