Constraints Perceived in Adoption of Improved Practices of Small Scale Dairying: A Gender Analysis
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The present study was carried out in mid western plain zone of Uttar Pradesh to identify the various constraints perceived
separately by female and male headed households in adopting improved practices in small scale dairying. Data were
collected through interview schedule from 50 female and 50 male headed households. The study revealed that the major
constraints among breeding practices perceived by females and male respondents were same i.e. non functioning of A.I.
centre/ill equipped A.I. centre followed by scarcity of resources to maintain crossbred cattle/superior breed of milch
animals. Inadequate knowledge about scientific feeding, high cost of ingredients of concentrates mixture and preference
to grow cash crops instead of fodder crops were found to be the first, second and third major constraints in both sets of
respondents in adoption of improved feeding practices. Lack of knowledge about common contagious diseases, their
causes & control measures (Ist), ill equipped veterinary hospitals and lack of facility for treatment, vaccine (IInd) were the
constraints perceived by women respondents.
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