DHARMENDER SINGH, PARDEEP KUMAR CHAHAL, B. S. GHANGHAS, RATI MUKTESHWAR AND A. K. ROHILLA
Department of Extension Education, CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
Hisar-125 004 (Haryana), India
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(Received : 14 August 2021; Accepted : 28 September 2021)
In Haryana, sorghum is grown as fodder crop in 40.3 thousand hectare, and total production of sorghum is 21.3 thousand tones with average yield of 528 kg per hectare (DOA & FW, Haryana). The study was undertaken to identify the constraints faced by the farmers in sorghum cultivation. In Gurugram district, two blocks were selected and out of these two blocks, eight villages were selected randomly for the study (Four villages from each block). Thus, 120 sorghum growers were personally interviewed with the help of a well structured interview schedule. Main constraints faced by the farmers in adoption of the recommended package of practices of sorghum are described. For better interpretation and analysis, all the constraints faced by farmers were classified into three categories i.e. related to inputs, constraints related to marketing and constraints related to production. Weighted mean score and rank order were calculated to find out the highest constraints faced by the respondents. Input constraints clearly showed that high prices of agro-chemicals was the main constraints faced by the respondents followed by non-availability of inputs at proper time, lack of finance for purchase of inputs, high labour and non- availability of the quality seed was the least serious constraint faced by respondents related to the inputs. Among marketing constraints, lack of transport facilities and disposal of produce were the main constraints followed by lack of guidance for proper time and place of marketing was second more serious constraints, no support price of produce was the least or not so serious constraint related to marketing.
Key words:Production, constraints, forage sorghum, marketing, input, seed and pesticide