FACTORS INFLUENCING THE MANAGERIAL ABILITY OF FARMERS WITH REFERENCE TO MARKET LED EXTENSION IN TELANGANA
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A research study was conducted to identify the factors influencing the managerial ability and obtain their strategicÂ suggestions for enhancing the market led extension activities. Expost facto research design was followed and selected 140Â respondents by multistage random sampling method. Unavailability of inputs at right time (95.71%) was major technical factor
influencing the managerial ability of farmers followed by lack of adequate extension support and technical guidance in recommendedÂ practices (93.57%). Regarding Economic factors high cost of labour during harvesting (97.14%) was ranked first followedÂ by High cost of plant protection chemicals, fertilizers and manures (94.28%) was second major influencing factor. Under the MarketÂ factors, Higher market price fluctuations/ non-remunerative prices/ less profit due to low market price (97.145) was ranked firstÂ followed by Lack of minimum physical facilities /market infrastructure facilities at APMC (94.28%) was ranked second. Regarding
environmental factors â€˜Highly fluctuating weather conditions /loss of produce due to climate change or heavy rains (97.86%) wasÂ ranked first followed by â€˜Attack by insects and pests/ heavy incidence of diseases/heavy incidence of storage grain pestâ€™ (90.005)Â was ranked second. Major suggestions expressed by the farmers were ensure timely availability and adequate quantity of qualityÂ inputs by the Government, fix the minimum labor charges by the government or provide Agricultural machinery on subsidy basisÂ so that labour problem can be minimized, Government should establish the cold storages besides the APMCs so when the priceÂ was low he can store his crop produce or provide pledge finance on crop produce to the farmers and Claiming of crop insuranceÂ should be easier due in natural calamity.