Year: 2016 | Month: June | Volume 3 | Issue 1
Factors Affecting Adoption of KAU Rice Varieties: An Econometric Analysis
B.S. Dhruthiraj and Chitra Parayil
Being a major food crop, rice is consumed by more than 60 percent people on the world over. So, cultivation of rice depends on the choice of farmer based on its profitability. A study was conducted to assess the relative profitability and the factors affecting adoption of KAUvarieties (Jyothi and Uma) in comparison with local non-KAU varieties (MAHAMAYA and TKM 9) under Palakkad and Alappuzha districts areas of Kerala. Cost concepts and probit model were used to analyse the data. The average cost of cultivation (Cost C2) of KAU varieties was found to be lower in Palakkad and Alappuzha districts (?73,213 and 81,915 ha–1 respectively) compared to non-KAU varieties (?83,634 and 94,526 ha–1 respectively). The gross and net income of KAU varieties were also found to be higher in Palakkad and Alappuzha compared to non KAU varieties. Organizational membership and an annual income of the farmers were identified as major factors affecting the adoption of KAU varieties.
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