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IMPACT OF FARMER FIELD SCHOOL IN POPULARIZATION OF IPM PRACTICES IN TOMATO CULTIVATION

Article Id: ARCC942 | Page : 116- 120
Citation :- IMPACT OF FARMER FIELD SCHOOL IN POPULARIZATION OF IPM PRACTICES IN TOMATO CULTIVATION.Agricultural Science Digest.2011.(31):116- 120
S. George and M.R. Hegde
Address : Division of Extension and Training, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hessaraghatta, Banglore - 560 089, India.

Abstract

Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bangalore conducted a Farmer Field School (FFS) programme in Agrahara village of Bangalore rural district  to popularize the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) package in tomato. Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) conducted in vegetable growing villages  revealed that IPM package was not being adopted by majority of the farmers due to various reasons. To convince farmers on the effectiveness   IPM package in the long run, FFS was initiated with the twin objectives of convincing the farmers on   the philosophy of IPM; facilitating the identification and effective management of pests and diseases. The paper focuses on  the impact of IPM in terms of reduction in pest and disease levels, effect on the level of  usage of chemicals and reduction in the cost of cultivation compared to farmer’s practice. The impact in terms of change in knowledge and attitude is also discussed.

Keywords

Farmer field school Tomato IPM Participatory rural appraisal.

References

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