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Authors: Barotia, Pankaj
Advisor: Sisodia, S. S.
Title: Knowledge of Farmers About Uses of Neem in Udaipur District of Rajasthan
Publisher: MPUAT, Udaipur
Citation: Barotia and Sisodia, 2009
Language: en
Type: Thesis
Pages: 76
Agrotags: null
Keywords: Knowledge, Farmers, Neem
Abstract: The Neem are (Azadirachta indica A Juss. Formerly known as ... azadirachta) belonging to the family Meliaceae is known for thousands of years in the Indian subcontinent by different names such as Indian lilac or Margosa tree. Ayurveda, have mentioned wide range of uses of Neem for treating wide range of diseases and symptoms. The leaves are known to be effective against seasonal fever, dermatological diseases and worms. They are burnt to repel the mosquitoes. The twigs are used as toothbrush (Daatun). Oil has spermicidal effect and can prove as a good contraceptive. It is also used for the treatment of head louse. When the oil is applied to the chronic wounds and ulcers on the body, it quickens the cure. Neem is also used in toothpaste, cosmetics and aromatic preparations. Thus, every part of this tree is found useful. Moreover, Neem is used in various ways in agriculture also. Plantation of Neem trees on field bunds can prove as an effective windbreak. The leaves are used as good fertilizer. Apart from leaves, seed cake is also a very good fertilizer. In addition, it helps in controlling the nematode problem. It also enriches the soil health, improves soil fertility, changes the soil structure and makes the land live for long period to produce good amount of produce. Thus, it is used as organic manure for soil. In spite of such versatility, the indigenous and scientific uses of this tree have not been utilized by the Indian people. Thus, we are sitting on a gold mine but have been unable to excavate. To dig out this god gifted, naturally available. Measure what else can be the source other than the farmers- the true son of land and the treasurer of the cultural heritage. Moreover, to improve the productivity of Neem and to popularize the cultivation, it is necessary to expand indigenous and scientific knowledge of this tree among the farmers and formulizations of a strategy to popularize Neem by strong extension network to highlight the benefits of Neem, needs to be established. Looking to the above fact, the present study of indigenous and scientific knowledge about various uses of Neem was carried out in Udaipur district of Rajasthan with the following specific objectives- 1. To assess the indigenous and scientific knowledge level of farmers towards different uses of Neem with special reference to agriculture. 2. To determine the adoption of Neem products by the farmers. 3. To study the constraints faced by the respondents in use of Neem and its products. 4. To evolve a suitable strategy for promotion of scientific uses of Neem as suggested by the farmers. The present study was conducted in Udaipur district of Rajasthan. There are nine tehsils in Udaipur district , out of which Girwa tehsil has been selected on the basis of maximum area under Neem tree. Ten villages from this tehsil were selected on the basis of maximum area under Neem tree. For selection of respondents, 100 respondents were randomly selected from identified villages for data collection. Data were collected with the help of interview schedule developed for the study purpose through face to face interview method. Different statistical test like mean, mean per cent score, rank and standard deviation were used in the analysis of data. The study revealed that 61.00 per cent of the total respondents possessed in medium level of indigenous knowledge, while 21.00 and 18.00 per cent respondents had low and high level of indigenous knowledge about Neem uses. It was further observed that the 54.00 per cent of the total respondents possessed in medium level of scientific knowledge, while 25.00 and 21.00 per cent respondents had low and high level of scientific knowledge about Neem uses. Further, it was found that farmers had more knowledge about indigenous aspects than scientific view. The finding indicated that 77.00 per cent of total respondents adopted the Neem use to medium levels whereas 13.00 and 10.00 per cent of total respondents adopted Neem uses and their products to low and high level respectively. It was also observed that the extent of adoption in farmers was 5.00 to 92.66 per cent in all aspects regarding Neem use.
Description: Knowledge of Farmers about uses of Neem in Udaipur District of Rajasthan
Subject: Extension Education
Theme: Knowledge of Farmers about uses of Neem in Udaipur District of Rajasthan
Research Problem: Knowledge of Farmers about uses of Neem in Udaipur District of Rajasthan
These Type: M.Sc
Issue Date: 2009
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