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International Journal of Farm Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 8, Issue : 2
First page : ( 158) Last page : ( 161)
Print ISSN : 2229-3744. Online ISSN : 2250-0499.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2250-0499.2018.00063.0

A study on perceived problems and farmers’ attitude towards organic farming

Janjhua Yasmin*, Chaudhary Rashmi, Deopa Varnika, Kumar Krishan

Department of Business Management, College of Horticulture Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Nauni, Solan, 173230, Himachal Pradesh, India

*Email for correspondence: yasminjanjhua@gmail.com

Online published on 18 May, 2018.

Abstract

Organic farming primarily aims at cultivating the land and raising crops without using chemical fertilizers, pesticides etc thereby maintaining the health not only of the soil but lessening the negative impact of chemical farming on environment also. The benefits of going organic are many however what matters most is the attitude and preparedness of farmers to convert to organic farming. The present study was conducted with an aim to assess the attitudes of farmers and problems perceived by them in adopting organic farming. A sample of 60 farmers from Oachghat, Nauni and Shamror Panchayats of Solan block, Solan district, Himachal Pradesh was selected. The findings showed that farmers had highly favourable attitude towards organic farming and felt that organic farming was right approach for protecting the quality of soil which was being deteriorated due to continuous and uncontrolled use of chemical fertilizers. However it was reported that due to lack of knowledge and skills required they found it difficult to adopt organic farming.

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Keywords

Farmers, organic farming, attitude, soil fertility, chemical fertilizers.

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