Knowledge Level of Farmers About Recommended Production Techniques of Bt Cotton in Punjab


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  • Amrik Singh , J. S. Bhalla and Dharminder Singh

Abstract

Cotton is an important fibre and cash crop of India and it plays a dominant role in industrial and agricultural economy
of the country. Punjab has more than 90 per cent of total cotton area under Bt cotton. The present study was conducted in
Muktsar district of Punjab to assess the knowledge level of farmers about the recommended production techniques of Bt
cotton crop. Two villages from each of the four blocks of Muktsar district viz. Muktsar, Malout, Lambi and Kotbhai were
selected for the study and the total sample size comprised of 160 farmers for the present study. Data were collected with
the help of structured interview schedule based on Bt cotton production techniques recommended by PAU, Ludhiana. The
study revealed that a majority of the respondents (90.63%) had knowledge about recommended varieties of Bt cotton.
Only 10.00 per cent of the respondents had knowledge about the economic threshold level (ETL) of white fly, whereas
13.75 per cent of the respondents had knowledge about economic threshold level of cotton jassid. Majority of the
respondents had knowledge about the recommended insecticides for the control of jassid and bollworms. It was found that
36.88 per cent of the respondents had knowledge about the purpose of refuge crop grown in Bt cotton whereas only 8.15
per cent possessed knowledge about the ratio of Bt cotton to Non-Bt to be grown as refuge lines. Over all mean knowledge
score of the respondents was calculated to be 13.85 and majority of the respondents (60.00%) was found to have low
knowledge level about the recommended production techniques in Bt Cotton.

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18.10.2023

Published

31.03.2017

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Knowledge Level of Farmers About Recommended Production Techniques of Bt Cotton in Punjab. (2017). Indian Journal of Extension Education, 53(1), 100-103. https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/IJEE/article/view/143924