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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 4(5), pp. 251-252 May, 2014
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ISSN 2276-7118 ©2014 Scholarly-Journals

Knowledge and Adoption Level of Biocontrol Practices in Cotton

V.A. Deshmukh1, U.T. Thombre2, M.B. Sarkate3, Priya Kothe4 and Ashwini Kene

1,2,3Department of Agricultural Entomology Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbhani – 431402
4,5Shri Shvaji College of Horticulture, Amravati (MS) 444603 .

Abstract :

The State Department of Agriculture and Regional Agricultural Universities in Maharashtra have started a number of biocontrol and biopesticides producing centres to cope up with the ‘Biological desert’ resulted due to misuse and abuse of pesticides. The study was conducted with aim of identifying the knowledge and adoption level of the cotton growers regarding biocontrol agents and biopesticides. One hundred twenty cotton growers from 5 talukas in Parbhani and Hingoli districts were selected randomly. Responses regarding recommended biocontrol practices of cotton by Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani were collected by interviewing them personally. The study revealed that knowledge and adoption level of the cotton growers regarding biocontrol practices was very low except NSKE


Key words: Knowledge, adoption, biocontrol practices, cotton.

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