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A study on farmer’s perception on ill effects of agro chemicals in north eastern part of Karnataka

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Shashidhara, K. K. (main author)
Online journal article
Publication Date:
Applied and Natural Science Foundation
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
attitudes, chemicals, environmental communication, farmer perceptions, influences, information needs, mass media, pesticides, pollution, survey research, India (Southern Asia)
8 pages., via online journal., The present study was conducted in Yadgir district of Karnataka to know about the perception of farmers on the ill effects of agro chemicals. One hundred and twenty farmers were interviewed personally with the help of pre-structured schedule. The results revealed that a large number of respondents had perceived delay in ripening (70.83%), less resistance to diseases (76.66 %), through emission of toxic gases (80.83%) and changes in soil organic matter decomposition (80.00%). Cent per cent respondents expressed resistance developed to pesticides by helicoverpa, spodoptera and parthenium and beneficial organisms like earth worms and predators were affected. Killing of natural enemies by pesticides affect Trichograma (80.00%) and lady bird beetle (75.00%), while handling agro chemicals cent per cent perceived it is going poison human body. The correlation indicates attitude towards chemical fertilizers, extension participation and mass media had shown positive highly significant at 1% level. Regarding factors influencing on agro chemicals land holding and education observe 50.63 per cent of variation. On the other hand farmers were suggested to make the availability of pest resistance variety by majority (83.33%) of the respondents.