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1 STUDY OF ADOPTION OF IMPROVED IRRIGATION WATER MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN MULA COMMAND AREA OF AHMEDNAGAR DISTRICT

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1987
Khot, B.B.
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri
178 PP
MULA COMMAND AREA OF AHMEDNAGAR DISTRICT
Agricultural Extension
M.Sc

In India, irrigated area constitutes about thirty per cent of the total gross cropped area.. This means that still 70 per cent of the gross cropped area is dependent on monsoon and crop production is largely conditioned by rain fall, which is largely erratic and uncertain. Water potential of Maharashtra is also limited. Out of the gross cropped area of 20.00 million hectares in the 43tate, only 2.5 million hectares is now irrigated, amounting to 12.5 per cent of the gross cropped area. Under such circumstances and with the limited resources of water for irrigation, development and acceptance of irrigation water management technology is getting the prime attention for increasing crop production. It is generally observed that farmers do not use irrigation water Judiciously. The extent of adoption of water management practices is also observed to be low. The present research was.therefore, undertaken with the follo wing specific objectives. spread over three talukas viz; Rahuri, Newasa and Shevgaon of Ahraednagar district, are receiving irrigation water from Mula Irrigation Project. Multi-stage random sampling procedure was used for selecting the farmers for the study. Out of the 171 villages, 10 villages were selected purposi vely. From the selected villages, 150 respondents could be interviewed which formed the final size of sample of the study. Improved irrigation water management practices in respect of the two major crops viz; Rabi Jowar and Sugarcane grown in command area were standerdized for the present study.

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