Knowledge gap analysis of sugarcane growers in recommended sugarcane production technology in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Knowledge gap analysis of sugarcane growers in recommended sugarcane production technology in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Arshad Farooq, Muhammad Zafarullah Khan, Abdul Hassan, Muhammad Ishaq, Asif Nawaz
Int. J. Biosci.15( 1), 87-98, July 2019.
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Knowledge about innovation is the main ingredient of agricultural development and knowledge gap is at the crux of the yield gap. For this purpose, a study was carried out in two main sugarcane growing districts D.I.Khan and Mardan of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during 2018 to determine farmers’ knowledge gap in fifteen recommended sugarcane production technology. Multistage sampling techniques were used and data were collected randomly from 285 sugarcane growers of districts D.I.Khan and Mardan through interview schedule. Knowledge gap index was used to measure the knowledge gap. The salient findings of the study showed that farmers had full knowledge gap in potash application and mechanical control of insects in both districts. The highest knowledge gap was found in disease control measures (85 and 97%), biological control measures of insects (79 and 77%) in districts D.I. Khan and Mardan, respectively. Similarly, district Mardan farmers had highest knowledge gap in cultural control of pest (63%), insecticides/doses (78%) and diseases identification (61%) as compared to district D.I. Khan. The knowledge gap index revealed that districts D.I. Khan and Mardan farmers had 49.91 and 52.79% knowledge gap in fifteen recommended sugarcane production technology. The main reasons of high knowledge gap might be due to lack of awareness and training program. The study suggested that awareness and training program should be organized for sugarcane growers especially in integrated pest management technology (IPM) in the study area.


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