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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(6): 2320-2327
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.906.284


Factors Influencing Farmers’ Decision to Purchase Seed: A Study of Paddy Farmers in Telangana State, India
A. Samarpitha1*, N. Vasudev2 and K. Suhasini2
1Department of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural College, Warangal, PJTSAU, Telangana, India
2Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, PJTSAU, Telangana, India
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Abstract:

Rice plays a vital role in the national food grain supply and is the main driver of India’s food security. Despite having a firm footage on rice cultivation, India is facing a formidable challenge to feed its burgeoning population.Seed is a vital and essential input for attaining sustained growth in agriculture production and productivity. Hence, the present study was taken up to identify the preferences of farmers while purchasing seed from various sources and to estimate the source-wise per unit cost of seed in Nalgonda district of Telangana. The major sources of seed for the sample farmers were found to be Telangana State Seed Development Corporation Ltd. (37.50%) which supplied followed by State Department of Agriculture (24.17%) and Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society (20%). The per unit cost of seed was least (Rs.16.54) for the seed purchased at State Department of Agriculture and highest (Rs. 26.12) for the seed purchased from the private shop keepers. The results indicated large gap between the recommended seed rate and the actual seed rate for the cultivated varieties. Seed quality (69.49) was found to be the most important factor influencing the source of purchase of paddy seed followed by reasonable price (58.71), availability of subsidy for seed (53.54) and timely availability of seed (51.83). Least importance was given to the relationship of the farmer with the seller (36.54). Government should take measures to provide good quality seeds to the farmers at the right time as majority of farmers prefer to buy seeds from a source which provides quality seed. The state department of agriculture as well as co-operative institutions like PACS should be strengthened. Farmers should be educated about the benefits of using recommended seed rate to reduce the gap between the recommended seed rate and the actual seed rate for paddy.


Keywords: Influence, Farmers’ Decision, Purchase seed, Telangana
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Samarpitha, A., N. Vasudev and Suhasini, K. 2020. Factors Influencing Farmers’ Decision to Purchase Seed: A Study of Paddy Farmers in Telangana State, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(6): 2320-2327. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.906.284