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Seed spices occupy prominent place in the total basket of spices of the country and play a significant role in our national economy. The group of spices account for about 37 per cent and 18 per cent of the total area and production of spices in the country, respectively. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) commonly known as ‘Saunf’ is an important and highly valued spice grown in India. This crop is widely grown throughout the temperate and subtropical region of the world for its aromatic fruits used in various food preparations such as soups, meat dishes, sauces, pastries, confectionaries, pickles, liquors etc. The fennel seeds are aromatic, stimulants and carminative. Rajasthan is the third largest producer of spices in the country and accounts for 12.48 % of the total production of major spices. The major fennel producing districts of Rajasthan are Nagaur, Sirohi, Jalore, Dausa, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur and contribute above 90 per cent of area and production of fennel crop. Fennel is an important commercial cash crop of arid and semi arid region. There is a wide scope to improve and increase the fennel production and productivity by enhancing the knowledge and adoption of fennel production technology. The present study was conducted in eight villages (four villages from Mertacity tehsil and four villages from Degana tehsil) in Nagaur district of Rajasthan. A sample of 120 fennel growers was selected from these selected villages by using simple random sampling with proportion sample method. The results indicated that 28.33 per cent of the total respondents were in the medium level of adoption group, whereas 24.17 per cent respondents were in low adoption group and remaining 47.50 per cent fennel growers were be observed in the category of high level of adoption about fennel production technology. It was also observed that the extent of adoption among marginal farmers ranged from 57.50 to 100.0 per cent, whereas in case of small farmers and large farmers it was from 76.88 to 100.00 and 65.00 to 100.00 per cent in all the practices of fennel production respectively. Further, it was observed that large and small farmers had comparatively more extent of adoption than marginal farmers.