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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(4): 366-377
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.704.042


Knowledge Index of Farmers about Animal Feed Technologies during Various Training Programmes at Veterinary Varsity in Punjab, India
Aparna1*, Suresh Kumar Kansal1, Harish KumarVerma2, Jaspal Singh Hundal3, Parminder Singh1 and Jaswinder Singh1
1Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, 3Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Sciences, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana (Punjab), India
2Directorate of Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Ludhiana (Punjab), India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Veterinary Universities conduct vocational training courses to impart knowledge to farmers. In order to convert knowledge into practice it needs to be retained for an extended period of time. The present study evaluated the knowledge index (KI) of farmers about animal feed technologies after training course at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana (Punjab). A pre, post and delayed post-test study was conducted on 120 farmers through Knowledge test on Mineral mixture, Urea treatment of wheat straw (UTWS), Uromin lick (UL), Silage making, Hay making, Bypass fat (BF), Bypass Protein (BP), Total mixed ration(TMR), Buffer and Probiotics. In pretest the awareness about the existence of technologies varied between 2.5 and 50.0% (Probiotics and Silage) which increased to 95.8 and 100% (Probiotics and MM, UTWS, Silage and BF) in post-test I. In Post-test II awareness decreased and varied between 32.5 and 100% (Probiotics and MM, UL and Silage) and for Hay, TMR, Buffers and Probiotics downfall was significant. KI for pre-test was 9.72 increased significantly to 75.90 for post-test I and decreased significantly to 40.42 for post-test II (P<0.001).Overall gain of knowledge was significant. Knowledge score was highest for Silage in all three tests (1.67, 4.45 and 2.62) followed by Mineral Mixture (0.86, 4.16 and 2.42) in pre, post-test I and II respectively).TMR and Probiotics had the lowest pretest (0.20 and 0.21) and post-test I (2.91 and 3.86) and delayed post-test score (1.39 and 1.05). Socio-personal parameters had non-significant correlation with knowledge score. Initial improvement in KI indicates effectiveness of training and high assimilation by farmers and later loss of KI reflects non practice. Adoption overrides the retention of knowledge hence follow ups of training programmes are put forward to ascertain the cause behind adoption and non-adoption.


Keywords: Knowledge retention, Evaluation, Awareness, Knowledge Index, Animal feed technologies
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Aparna, Suresh Kumar Kansal, Harish KumarVerma, Jaspal Singh Hundal, Parminder Singh and Jaswinder Singh. 2018. Knowledge Index of Farmers about Animal Feed Technologies during Various Training Programmes at Veterinary Varsity in Punjab, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(4): 366-377. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.704.042