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Impact of Agricultural Training on Farmers’ Technological Knowledge and Crop Production in Bandarawela Agricultural Zone

Rasanjali, W.M.C., Wimalachandra, R.D.M.K.K., Sivashankar, P. and Malkanthi, S.H.P.


Farmer training programs on advanced agricultural techniques are essential for knowledge
and capacity development of farmers. Impact assessments are done to measure the impacts
of these programs. This study examines the impact of the training on technological knowledge
of farmers imparted by In–service Training Institute Bindunuwewa, Bandarawela. About 82
farmer trainees were randomly selected for the study. Nonparametric tests were performed to
check the differences in technological knowledge before and after the trainings (Chi-square
and Wilcoxon sign rank tests). Chi-square test revealed that there is no association (p>0.05)
between demographic factors and adoption of practical knowledge. Further, number of
training days, time for practical and theoretical training, practical knowledge shared, and
presentations by the lecturers were considered to be sufficient by farmers. The following
measures were compared for before and after scenarios: From partial to full adoption:
cultivation of high yield varieties; from non-adoption to full adoption: recommended seeding
rate, recommended pesticide usage, new irrigation methods. Nevertheless, there is no effect
from training on new packaging methods. Study concludes that there is an impact of training
on farmers’ technological knowledge. This study provides evidence that agricultural trainings
should be continued with the aegis of the government in the future.

KEYWORDS: Agriculture technology, Crop production, Impact assessment, Technological knowledge, Training

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