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The study has reported different sources of paddy seed, seed replacement rate of paddy growers, andmanagement of paddy seed by the farmers in two selected districts of Punjab. Amongst different sourcesof paddy seed, the share of private seed dealers has been found maximum (H” 48 per cent), followed byauthorized seed dealer (H” 19 per cent), self-retained (11.5 per cent) and commission agents (H” 11 percent).The share of other sources like fellow farmers, relatives and friends, PAU, village shopkeeper, stateagriculture department, etc. has been found only 1-2 per cent each. The overall seed replacement rate hasbeen found to be about 24 per cent. The farm category-wise analysis has revealed a direct relationshipbetween seed replacement rate and farm size. The seed rate has been found almost equal to the recommendedlevel in the Ludhiana district while in Patiala district, it is much below the recommended value. Amongstdeterminants of quality of seeds, experience of the farmers has been reported at the first place, followedby advice of fellow farmers, reputation of institute, etc. Regarding linkages, the large farmers have morecontacts with different seed agencies. The study has suggested that extension agencies should educate thefarmers about the usefulness of quality seeds and their replacement with the seed procured form reliablesources like PAU, PUNSEED, Department of Agriculture, etc.

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Issue Date: 2009-07

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: Published in: Agricultural Economics Research Review, Volume 22, Number 2 Page range: 323-328

Total Pages: 6

Record appears in: Agricultural Economics Research Association (India) > Agricultural Economics Research Review

Agricultural Economics Research Review

Autor: Verma, Sangeeta ; Sidhu, M.S.


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