Constraints faced and suggestions given by the sweet orange growers for better performance of entrepreneurial activities
Keywords:Sweet Orang Growers, entrepreneurial behaviour, entrepreneurial constraints, entrepreneurial suggestions.
AbstractSweet orange (Citrus sinensis L) is an important fruit crop of Maharashtra state of India. It is grown on an area of 55,000 ha with 6.5 lakh tonnes of production per year. The area under this fruit crop is increasing rapidly as a result of dynamic employment guarantee scheme launched by the Government of Maharashtra for fruit crops. Sweet Orange is a major fruit crop in Marathwada region of the state with 0.77 lakh hectares under this crop and 0.34 lakh hectares is under production. The total production is about 5.18 lakh metric
tons (Anonymous, 2014a). The Ex-post-facto research design was used for the present study. The study was conducted in Aurangabad district. Three revenue units viz., tahsils Aurangabad, Paithan and Kannad were selected purposively on the basis of the maximum area under sweet orange cultivation. The main objective of this study is to bring out the constraints faced and suggestions given by the Sweet Orange growers for better performance of entrepreneurial activities. The study revealed that, majority i.e., 78.33 per cent farmers expressed that financial problem, lack of exposure to mass media and information and marketing problem as reported by 66.67 and 62.50 per cent respectively followed by lack of knowledge 56.67 per cent, lack of food grain storage facility 52.50 per cent, labour problem 46.66 per cent and lack of transportation facilities 45 per cent, respectively. It was observed during the study that, majority of respondents suggested easy availability of finance 70.83 per cent, followed by policy support for entrepreneurs be made 65.83 per cent, organizing effective training programmes 59.17 per cent, promoting co-operatives 53.33 per cent and improving marketing system 48.33 per cent for taking up entrepreneurial activities.
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