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Indigenous Agricultural Practices : For Sustainable Farming

M Sundaramari and T T Ranganathan, Agrobios, 2003, 311 p, tables, ISBN : 8177541765, $55.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: I. Introduction: 1. Scope and importance of the study. 2. Limitations of the study. II. Concept and characteristics of indigenous agricultural practices: 1. Concept of indigenous knowledge/practices. 2. Characteristics and importance of indigenous knowledge/practices. 3. Methods of collection and documentation of indigenous knowledge/practices. III. An overview of studies on indigenous knowledge/practices: 1. Indigenous knowledge/practices related to agriculture. 2. Rationality of indigenous agricultural knowledge/practices. 3. Adoption of indigenous agricultural knowledge/practices. 4. Perceived effectiveness of indigenous agricultural knowledge/practices. 5. Profile of farmers adopting indigenous agricultural practices. 6. Characteristics of farmers in relation to adoption of indigenous agricultural knowledge/practices. IV. Collection and analysis of indigenous agricultural practices—methods of study: 1. Locale of the study. 2. Collection and classification of indigenous agricultural practices. 3. Selection of indigenous agricultural practices. 4. Rationality study of selected indigenous agricultural practices. 5. Indepth study of indigenous agricultural practices sample and sampling procedure. 6. Variables and their empirical measurement. 7. Techniques and tools of data collection. V. Categorization of indigenous agricultural practices: 1. Spatial distribution of collected IAPs. 2. Block-wise Xategorization of IAPs. 3. Cropping system wise categorization of IAPs. 4. Technology wise categorization of IAPs. 5. Crop wise categorization of IAPs. 6. Unit wise categorization of IAPs on General agricultural. VI. Rationality and overall adoption IAPs: 1. Rationality study of IAPs. 2. Overall adoption of IAPs. VII. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of food crops: 1. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on rice cultivation. 2. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on Sorghum cultivation. 3. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on black gram cultivation. 4. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on Cowpea cultivation. 5. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on groundnut cultivation. 6. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on coconut cultivation. VIII. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of commercial crops: 1. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on cotton cultivation. 2. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on sugarcane cultivation. IX. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of fruit crops: 1. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on mango cultivation. 2. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on hill banana cultivation. X. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of vegetable crops: 1. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on tomato cultivation. 2. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on chillies cultivation. XI. Adoption of IAPS on the cultivation of beverage crop and on general agriculture: 1. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on coffee cultivation. 2. Practice wise adoption of IAPs on general agriculture. XII. Perceived effectiveness of IAPs: 1. Overall effectiveness of IAPs as perceived by the farmers. 2. Practice wise effectiveness of IAPs on rice cultivation. 3. Practice wise effectiveness of IAPs on Sorghum cultivation. 4. Practice wise effectiveness of IAPs on coconut cultivation. 5. Practice wise effectiveness of IAPs on coffee cultivation. XIII. Characteristics of farmers and their association with adoption and effectiveness of IAPs: 1. Profile of farmer respondents. 2. Association and influence of independent variables with extent of adoption of IAPs. 3. Association and influence of independent variables with Overall Perceived Effectiveness Index (OPEI) of respondents. XIV. Summary and conclusion: 1. Categorization of collected IAPs. 2. Rationality and overall adoption of selected of IAPs. 3. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of food crops. 4. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of commercial crops. 5. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of fruit crops. 6. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of vegetable crops. 7. Adoption of IAPs on the cultivation of beverage crop and on general agriculture. 8. Perceived effectiveness of IAPs. 8. Characteristics of farmers and their association with adoption and effectiveness of IAPs. Conclusion. Bibliography. Appendix. List of symbols and abbreviations.
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