Socio-Economic characteristics in the adoptop of cassava technology by small farmers of Kanyakumari and Trivandrum districts of Southern India

Author(s): M. Anantharaman, S. Ramanathan and K.R. Lakshmi


Seventy-five small cassava farmers were interviewed to determine their cassava technology adoption level and its relationship with their socio-economic characteristics. Majority of the farmers had low to medium adoption level. Knowledge on cassava technology had the most direct effect on adoption followed by scientific orientation and extension agency contact. On the other hand; age, mass media exposure and farm size had indirect effects through knowledge while education, area under cassava cultivation and risk preference did not influence adoption.

Keywords : Small farmers. Cassava technology. Adoption. Socio-economic characteristics. Path analysis.

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