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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:9, September, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(9): 1936-1943

Diagnostic Survey of Existing Farming System and Agro Forestry Practices in the Koderma District of Jharkhand, India
Rupesh Ranjan1*, S. Shekhar1 and C.V. Singh2
1Krishi Vigyan Kendra (ICAR-NRRI-CRURRS) Koderma, Jharkhand 825324, India
2Central Rainfed Upland Rice Research (ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack, Odisha), Station,Hazaribag, Jharkhand, India
*Corresponding author

A study was conducted in Koderma district of Jharkhand with the objective to make an inventory of the current farming systems and identify key strengths and weaknesses of agro forestry system, including economic efficiency. The farming system judgment was based on focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with 36 villages and 216 family head as responded for this study. The study showed that about 15.2% farmers were derived their income from Agro-forestry field. The farmer’s knowledge about benefit of agro-forestry data reveals that 80.0% of the respondent considered is beneficial for better supply of fuel wood followed by timber 69.4%, fodder 43.9%, compost 32.4%, increase living standard 31.0%, fruit 23.6%, employment 23.1%, environment conservation 18.9%, climate control 15.7%, very few number of respondent were aware of benefits like soil conservation 10.1% and protection from flood and water conservation 6.9% and 4.6% respectively. Only 6.9% of the farmers were deadly against the tree and 90.2% were interested to have trees either mixed with agricultural crops or on bunds of field or on boundary or on wasteland or around home compound or separate orchard. Among the respondent majority of the farmers 67.1% liked agri-horticulture system, 57.8% agri-silvi system, 13.8% horti-pastoral system and very little numbers 10.6% of farmers liked silvi-pastoral system. Although about 18.0% showed interest to develop a separate orchard. It was also concluded from the study that farmers were not adopting agro forestry mainly due to their lack of awareness about benefits of the tree. They considered that the trees compete with agricultural crops for water and nutrients uptake and degrade their farmlands etc. The findings of the study were helps in identify agro forestry systems with potential for wider adoption and also lay the groundwork for the design or redesign of effective agro forestry research in the region.

Keywords: Farming system, Agro forestry practices, Farmers’ adoption, Constraints.

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Rupesh Ranjan, S. Shekhar and Singh, C.V. 2017. Diagnostic Survey of Existing Farming System and Agro Forestry Practices in the Koderma District of Jharkhand, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(9): 1936-1943. doi:
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