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Knowledge Level of Farmers Regarding Producing, Processing and Marketing of Dates in Panjgur- Balochistan, Pakistan

Knowledge Level of Farmers Regarding Producing, Processing and Marketing of Dates in Panjgur- Balochistan, Pakistan

Ejaz Ashraf1*, Hafiz Khurram Shurjeel2 and Zafarullah Baloch3 

1Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Punjab-Pakistan; 2Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Punjab-Pakistan; 3Progressive Farmer of District Panjgur-Balochistan, Pakistan.

ejazashraf60@hotmail.com  

ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to assess the knowledge level of the farmers for producing, processing and marketing of dates in Panjgur-Balochistan, Pakistan. Snowball sampling technique was used to select 90 respondents. The data revealed that average age of the farmers was 53.9 years with education from secondary to graduate level. The results of the study showed that many of the farmers on average have 10 acres of land under date palm cultivation with more than 57 date palm trees per acre on average. It is also observed that respondents generally get 76 kg of dates on average per tree. Many of the farmers use Radio and contact farmers as sources of knowledge for agricultural practices and date palm cultivation. However, more than 68% of the respondents do not get advisory services from government extension service institutions at all. Age and experience are significantly correlated variables with r = 0.951 at 1% alpha level. Results from regression analysis revealed that age, education and experience are strong predictors in the model to increase the knowledge level of the respondents for production, processing and marketing of the dates in district Panjgur.
 

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

April

Vol. 50, Iss. 2, Pages 401-797

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