Year 2021, Volume 5 , Issue 1, Pages 56 - 64 2021-03-31

Analysis of knowledge transferred by agricultural field staff to cotton growers and its impact on rural development: evidence from Pakistan

Syed Ali Asghar SHAH [1] , Muhammad Fahad FARİD [2] , Badar Naseem SİDDİQUİ [3] , Syed Hassan RAZA [4] , Waqar-ul-hassan TAREEN [5]


Cotton is the main cash crop in Pakistan and it contributes 0.8% shares in GDP (Gross domestic product). The area of cotton in Pakistan is increased in recent years but its production is decreasing due to unfavorable climatic conditions. COVID-19 outbreak has also an effect on cotton consumption. From August 2019 to July 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic reduced global cotton consumption by 15%. Agricultural extension and advisory activities play an important role in agricultural development and can help to improve the living conditions of farmers. Keeping in view the importance of working in agriculture field staff for cotton, the present study was designed to analyze the quality of knowledge transferred by agriculture field staff. The present study was based on primary data and conducted in the district Muzfargarh becsasue it is one of major cotton producing district of Pujnab, Pakistan. A total of 180 respondents were taken from Tehsil Alipur of Muzfargarh from different union councils through a simple random sampling technique and interviewed through a pretested structured interview schedule. The data collected was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). About 58% of the respondents identified that extension meetings are good source of information and 37.7% of the respondent said that agricultural field staff visit them on monthly basis.Impact of improved cotton management practices on health rated satisfactory by 52.77% of respondents. Based on findings it is recommended that the government should work with all stakeholders to implement regular training programs for cotton farmers in all areas.Monitoring of agricultural field staff should also be done on regular basis. Modern ways of communications should be implemented in rural areas for the quality of knowledge transfer among cotton growers.
Rural development, Agricultural Field Staff, Cotton
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Primary Language en
Subjects Agriculture, Multidisciplinary
Published Date March 2021
Journal Section Research Articles
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0002-6328-9548
Author: Syed Ali Asghar SHAH (Primary Author)
Institution: Northeast Agricultural University
Country: China


Orcid: 0000-0002-5516-3152
Author: Muhammad Fahad FARİD
Institution: School of Social and Behavioral Science, Nanjing University, PR China
Country: China


Orcid: 0000-0003-3785-2584
Author: Badar Naseem SİDDİQUİ
Institution: Department of Agricultural Extension, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Country: Pakistan


Orcid: 0000-0001-8662-062X
Author: Syed Hassan RAZA
Institution: Department of Agricultural Extension, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Country: Pakistan


Orcid: 0000-0003-2538-6774
Author: Waqar-ul-hassan TAREEN
Institution: Department of Agricultural Extension, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Country: Pakistan


Supporting Institution PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Dates

Application Date : December 10, 2020
Acceptance Date : February 3, 2021
Publication Date : March 31, 2021

APA Shah, S , Farid, M , Siddiqui, B , Raza, S , Tareen, W . (2021). Analysis of knowledge transferred by agricultural field staff to cotton growers and its impact on rural development: evidence from Pakistan . International Journal of Agriculture Environment and Food Sciences , 5 (1) , 56-64 . DOI: 10.31015/jaefs.2021.1.8