Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 355

Full Length Research Paper

Farmers’ knowledge and practice of organic vegetable cultivation: A field level study of two villages from Bangladesh

Farouque M. G.
  • Farouque M. G.
  • Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
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Sarker M. A.
  • Sarker M. A.
  • Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
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  •  Received: 20 February 2018
  •  Accepted: 09 April 2018
  •  Published: 31 May 2018

Abstract

The study aimed to determine farmers’ knowledge and practice regarding organic vegetable cultivation as well as to ascertain farmers’ awareness concerning health and environmental aspects. The study was conducted at two villages of Kishoregonj District. The selected villages were Shadullar Char and Borobag Char. The total number of household was 800 in two villages. Among them 400 households were randomly selected and the head of each household was considered as the sample of the study; from them data were collected using structured interview schedule. The findings of the study indicate that about two-thirds (65%) of the farmers in the study area had poor knowledge concerning organic vegetable cultivation while, about three-fourth (73%) of the respondents had found low level of practice followed in cultivating organic vegetables. Concerning soil health management aspects, the item namely use of cow dung and use of poultry excreta were the top most items practice by the farmers in their locality. The use of ash and piercing, on the other hand, were found as the highest ranked items regarding disease and pest management related aspects. However, about three-fourths of the respondents had low to medium level of awareness concerning health and environmental related aspects caused by agro-chemicals use.

Key words: Organic vegetable, knowledge, practice, farmers, Bangladesh.