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Title: Determinants of groundnut production in Thirukkovil ds division of Ampara district
Authors: Ravichandran, Tharshiny
Geretharan, Thivahary
Keywords: Chi-square
Yala season
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: South Eastern University of Sri- Lanka, Oluvil, Sri- Lanka
Citation: Proceedings of 5th International Symposium 2015 on " Emerging Trends and Challenges in Multidisciplinary Research, pp.128-131
Abstract: A study was carried out in the Thirukkovil DS division of Ampara district to find out the factors determining the groundnut production. Using the random sampling procedure, a sample of 75 groundnut farmers was selected and a structured interview schedule was used to collect the primary data. Collected data were analyzed by using the SPSS. From the study, it was found out that the average age of groundnut farmers in the area was 48 years, 77.3% were males, and 92% were married. The average family size of a household was 4 members, and only 3 were involved in groundnut farming, about 93.3% of farmers worked as part time groundnut farmers. The average family income was Rs. 15,800 per month. Majority of the farmers had farming experience of 11 years. Most of farmers (89%) had cultivated in their own land in Maha season compare with other two seasons and most of farmers (36%) had cultivated in leased land in mid season compare with other two seasons. Most of farmers (66%) had cultivated in highland extent of 164 ac in Maha season. About 65% of farmers were cultivated in Maha and Yala seasons in study areas. Average groundnut cultivated extent was 2.4 ac, 1.83 ac and 2.53 ac in Yala, mid and Maha season respectively. According to the results the average net profit from groundnut cultivation was Rs. 56,175/ac in Yala season, Rs. 34,975/ac in Maha season and Rs 34,296 in mid season. Average net profit was high in Yala season because groundnut seeds demand was high and good market price during the season. Chi-square analysis indicated that there was a significant association between average groundnut yield obtained in Yala season and educational level of groundnut farmers, type of farming and use of IPNS techniques by the groundnut farmers in the study area. It is therefore recommended that government and relevant private institutions should take necessary steps to strengthen their extension services by considering the above factors to enhance the groundnut production.
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