FARMERS PERCEPTIONS ON RICE MECHANIZATION IN THE KOLE LANDS OF THRISSUR DISTRICT, KERALA, INDIA
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The Kole lands of Kerala are unique agro ecosystems where rice cultivation is taken up for food security as well asÂ ecosystem sustainability. Mechanization in the rice fields of Kole lands has been a successful step to solve the problem of laborÂ shortage, high wages and drudgery while using the resources efficiently. The present study was conducted to understand theÂ perception of the Kole farmers of Puzhakkal and Mullassery block panchayats of Thrissur district on the different implications ofÂ rice mechanization. While expressing the need for mechanization highlighting its advantages, the farmers also reported theÂ constraints that demand urgent addressal, which included setting up of an effective system to ensure the availability of agroÂ machinery in a timely manner and at affordable rents, facilities for agro machinery servicing as well as more number of skillorientedÂ training in the farm mechanization sector.