Constraints in Adoption of Biological Control in Sugarcane Crop

Abid Ali Randhawa, Tahmina Mangan, MeharUl NissaRais, Abdul WaheedSolangi


Sugarcane is one of thehigh value and important cash crops in Pakistan. This crop has high significance for sugar and sugar related production. Sugarcane accounts for 3.4 percent in agriculture value addition and 0.7 percent in gross domestic production. Biological control is animportant component of integrated pest management and helps to counteract insecticide resistant pests, withdrawal of chemicals and minimize the usage of pesticides. The purpose of this study was to examine factors effecting adoption of biological control by farmers of sugarcane in district Sanghar. Face to face interviews of 60 respondents was conducted to collect the data for the study. Random sampling method was used to collect data from farmers of study area. Results this study showed that there was a significant difference between the two groups of adopters and non-adopters of biological control. The results showed that the many social and institutional constraints effect the adoption of biological control. Important identified factors that affect the adoption of biological control in the study area are level of education and awareness, lack of adequate extension services, perceptions of time consuming practice, risk and uncertainty.

Keywords:  Sugarcane farmer, constraints adoption, biological control, Sindh

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