ABSTRACT

The main purpose of the study was to determine and describe the extent of adoption of selected rice varieties by the farmers of Kandiura union of Kendua Upazila under Netrakona district. Attempts were also made to describe some of the selected characteristics of the farmers and to explore the relationships between the selected characteristics and their adoption of selected rice varieties. The study was conducted at Jalalpur and Bishnupur villages of Kandiura union of Kendua Upazila under Netrakona district. Data were collected from 127 farmers who were randomly selected as the sample of the study by using random sampling method. The researcher himself collected data through personal contact with a well-structured pretested interview schedule during the period from 17th February to 30th March, 2008. The findings revealed that highest 54.33 percentof the respondents had medium adoption of selected rice varieties, while 27.56 percent had low adoption and rest 18.11 percent had high adoption of selected rice varieties. Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation co-efficient (r) was computed to explore the relationships between the selected characteristics and their adoption of selected rice varieties. The correlation analysis indicated that level of education, farm size, agricultural knowledge, communication exposure, innovativeness and attitude towards agricultural technologies had significant positive relationships with the adoption of selected modern rice varieties. Age, and family size had significantly negative relationship with the adoption of selected modern rice varieties at farm level. On the other hand, farm size, annual income and organizational participation had positive but non-significantly related with the adoption of modern rice varieties in the farm level of study area’s farmers.

Key words: Adoption, modern rice varieties, farmers.

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