IMPACT OFKINNOW (MANDARIN) YIELD LOSSES ON SOCIOECONOMIC CONDITIONS OF THE FARMING COMMUNITY IN PUNJAB, PAKISTAN
Farhat Ullah Khan, Nowshad Khan and Zaibunnisa Abdullah*
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The present study was carried out in Tehsil Sargodha of Punjab province in 2010- 2011 to assess the impact of yield losses of kinnow (Mandarin) on the socio-economic conditions of the farming community of the area. In this study, 20 union councils from Tehsil Sargodha were selected on the characteristics important for higher production of kinnow. Then ten growers from each union council were chosen randomly. Total 200 respondents were interviewed through interview schedule. Simple percentage and chi-square techniques were used for analysis. According to analysis 91.5% respondents reported that yield losses of kinnow fruits have negative impact on socio-economic conditions of the majority respondents of the project area. Chi-square test also shows negative link of the kinnow fruits and socio-economic uplift of the farming community in the project area. Serious attention on scientific basis to yield losses through awareness and training of extension workers, can give economic benefits to communities of study area. The immediate benefit of this study will go to kinnow growers of Tehsil Sargodha and ultimately the economic growth of the country will be increased in future by improving the cultural practices and adopting modern post harvest technologies of kinnow throughout Pakistan.