Open Access Short Research Article

A Conjoint Analysis on Consumers’ Revealed Preferences for Products from Coconuts in Madurai City India

J. Harshini, A. Daniel Viswasam Samuel

Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, Page 1-8
DOI: 10.9734/ajaees/2019/v34i430204

India per se being leader nation in coconut production, only 2 per cent hardly utilised for value addition. To discern the pull factors causing consumer preference for coconut products, a study was conducted among different income group of consumers from Madurai city of Tamil Nadu. Five coconut value-added products like desiccated coconut, processed tender coconut, skimmed coconut milk, skimmed coconut milk powder and neera were selected for the study. The objective of the study is to evaluate the performance and specific factor influencing the marketing of selected coconut products and to study the market opportunities of the selected coconut product based on the consumer preference. Conjoint analyses, Multi-log linear function, Dummy variable model, ANOVA with two qualitative variable model were used in the study to find the factors influencing the marketing of selected coconut product. The result from all the analysis conclusively showed that income is the main factor influencing the market opportunities of selected coconut products.

Open Access Original Research Article

Impact of Developmental Interventions in Upper Krishna Project (UKP) Area

Jagadajyothi Binkadakatti, J. G. Angadi, S. S. Dolli

Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, Page 1-8
DOI: 10.9734/ajaees/2019/v34i430205

The Upper Krishna Project (UKP) is one of the biggest projects in India and was started as multipurpose irrigation project in the drought prone northern part of Karnataka. The UKP consists of two dams across the river at Alamatti village and Narayanpur village. The implementation of Krishna Water Tribunal Award passed on 30.11.2010 resulted in increase of storage level of Almatti Dam from FRL 519.60 to FRL 524.256 m. 4.656 m increases in the storage level, an area of 76357 acres of land is expected to submerge in the back waters of Almatti reservoir, though, 22 villages with 32427 families may get effected in this event. The present research was undertaken in UKP area of Bagalkot district, Karnataka state during the year 2012-13. From Bagalkot district, three Rehabilitation Centres (RC) were selected from each of Bagalkot, Biligi and Hungund taluk to form a sample size of 180 by using random sampling technique. In this context, it was indeed necessary to study the developmental interventions in Upper Krishna Project area of Bagalkot district, in order to plan appropriate developmental programmes. During the survey it was learnt that, Government had given top priority for construction of houses. Therefore, 100 percent of the rehabilitant farmers had availed benefit of the HCG. 90.56 per cent of the rehabilitant farmers availed benefit of Income Generating Schemes (IGS) in case of training programmes followed by horticulture development, IGA and new SHG formation. Higher proportions of the rehabilitant farmers (41.67% and 36.67%) were found in high asset acquisition category in case of financial and physical capitals, respectively. Majority of the rehabilitant farmers (80.56%) suggested for extend free household electricity. The findings of the study provide valuable information to administrators, planners, policy makers and extension workers in order to plan appropriate developmental programmes for Project Displaced Families (PDF).

Open Access Original Research Article

Effect of Technological Intervention on Yield of Summer Pearl Millet

S. K. Parmar, K. D. Mungra, J. S. Sorathiya, H. G. Vansjalia

Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, Page 1-6
DOI: 10.9734/ajaees/2019/v34i430206

Front line demonstrations (FLDs) were conducted by pearl millet Research Station, JAU, Jamnagar on 313 farmers’ field in 125 hectares of different 98 villages of Gujarat state during summer season of 2015 to 2019. Prevailing farm practices were treated as control for comparison with recommended package i.e. improved variety (GHB 558, GHB 538, GHB 732), seed rate 4 kg/ha, timely sowing (15 Feb to 15 March), line sowing with spacing of 60 cm (R-R) and 10-12 cm (P-P), balanced use of fertilizers (NPK @120:60:0 kg/ha, thinning 15 days after sowing, weed management (pre emergence spray of Atrazin @ 0.5 kg/ha and one hand weeding), proper critical stage apply 8-10 irrigation, two foliar spray of profenophos 0.05 % at 20 and 40 days after germination to control shoot fly and stem borer pests infesting pearl millet, timely harvesting and threshing. The cumulative effect of technological intervention over five years, revealed average grain yield 4362 kg/ha and dry fodder yield 7365 kg/ha which is 6.17% and 12.76% higher over the farmers’ practices. The economics and cost benefit ratio of both farmers’ and improved practices was worked out. On an average net profit was obtained 6837 11111.png/ha due to adoption of improved package of practices. The average cost benefit ratio was 2.23 under improved demonstration practices, while it was 2.43 under farmers’ practices. By conducting the Front line demonstrations of proven technologies, yield potential and net income from pearl millet cultivation can be enhanced to a great extent with increase in the income level of the farming community.

Open Access Original Research Article

Economic Analysis of Snail Marketing in Ibadan North East Local Government Area Oyo State, Nigeria

A. F. Aderounmu, I. O. Oyewo, O. O. Oke

Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, Page 1-8
DOI: 10.9734/ajaees/2019/v34i430207

This paper reports findings from a study carried out to investigate the profitability of snail marketing in Ibadan North East Local Government area of Oyo State. Structured questionnaires and interview schedules were designed to obtain information on socio-economic characteristics, operational capital and source, years of experience in the business and constraints to snail marketing. Seventy snail marketers, randomly selected from three major markets which are Oje, Agodi gate and Agugu market;. The data collected were analyzed using frequency table, percentage, gross margin, Benefit/ Cost ratio and Marketing Efficiency analyses. Majority (94.3%) of the respondents were female while 5.7% were male. 31.5% were between the ages of 51-60years with mean age of 54.9 years. It was also shown that 50% source their capital through personal savings between N11,000-N20,000 and 47.1% with 5-9years experience. The cost and return analysis revealed that total revenue was N1, 457,700.00k and total cost was N1, 285,320.00k while gross margin    was N172, 380.00k and benefit- cost ratio was 1.13 which implies that for every N1.00 invested the marketer will make a return of N1.13k on every snail sold, Marketing efficiency was 88%. Major constraints to snail marketing in the study area were poor market patronage (87.1%) and seasonality (82.9%). Snail farming is advocated since it is a profitable agribusiness and can be achieved through cooperatives and micro credit facilities. Also, marketing of snail in the area    should be restructured and standardized to command frequent patronage and command higher price value.

Open Access Original Research Article

Determining Optimal Solution of Short Term Loan Use to Maximize Net Farm Return in Jorhat District of Assam

Pallavi Deka, Sinki Barman, Nivedita Deka, Jayanta Prasad Hazarika

Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, Page 1-10
DOI: 10.9734/ajaees/2019/v34i430208

The present study of Determining optimal solution of short term loan use to maximize net farm return in Jorhat District of Assam was undertaken to examine the possibilities and prospects of increasing net return through optimal allocation of resources under existing financial environment. The study was carried out through collection of data by interview method and linear programming technique was used to develop optimum plans for different farms of the study area. The results of the study brought out that there was a tremendous scope to shift the resource allocation to more revenue generating high value crops. The analysis of the results shows that the farmer’s optimal cropping pattern was sugarcane, pea, potato, cauliflower and cabbage in all the farm groups. The operation wise labour use was also increasing significantly in optimal plan. The results showed that in order to obtain an optimum farm credit farm plan, the short term farm credit were used. The optimum farm credit was reached when the net revenue were maximum in all the farm groups. Credit played an important role in increasing net farm return. The effect of credit on income was inversely related with the size of the farm whereas the credit needs were directly related to the farm size.