EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAININGS ON RABBIT PRODUCTION IN KERALA, INDIA- A FARMER PERSPECTIVE*

reeja george P

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ABSTRACT

The study specifically explores the perceptions of rabbit farmers of the state on trainings conducted by various agencies in this sector.  A list of rabbit farmers in the state was prepared in consultation with officials of the Animal Husbandry Department, Veterinary College, Kudumbasree and other associated agencies. Appropriate sampling methods were used to select 90 rabbit farmers from various parts of the state and data were collected using a pretested interview schedule on the rabbit farmers’ premises.  From the list three districts with the highest number of rabbit farmers reported (designated as ‘higher districts’) viz. Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki and Wayanad were selected.  Proportionate stratified random sampling with equal allocation was used to select 30 farmers from each district so that a total of 90 rabbit farmers were selected from these three districts.  From among the districts with lesser number of farmers reported (designated as ‘lower districts’), there were no districts with  a minimum of 30 farmers, hence all the farmers identified in four districts viz. Thrissur (20), Kottayam (20) , Kannur (14) and Kozhikode (12) were selected. Nearly half of the small rabbit farmers in the lower districts had not received any training and the same is true for nearly two thirds of the small farmers in the higher districts. Similar findings were observed among the medium rabbit farmers of both the zones.  The State Poverty Eradication Mission sponsored Kudumbasree was the most frequently accessed place of training for small farmers in both the lower and higher districts. However, among medium farmers both in the higher as well as lower districts the Animal Husbandry Department was the most frequently accessed place of training. Out of the 24 small farmers in the lower districts who had received training, 22 farmers (91.67%) perceived the training attended as effective. Similar findings were observed among all the rabbit farmers of the higher districts as well. 

 


Keywords


TRAININGS, FARMER, RABBIT, PERCEPTIONS

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Sajeev, M. V., Singha, A.K. and Venkatasubramanian, V., (2012). Training Needs of Farmers and Rural Youth: An Analysis of Manipur State, India. J Agri Sci., 3(2): 103-112


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