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Socio-economic characteristics and its relationship with information seeking pattern of dairy farmers in Tamilnadu, India

R. Gopi, N. Narmatha*, K.M. Sakthivel, V. Uma and M. Jothilakshmi

Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal-637 002, India.

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Livestock plays a significant role in the rural economy of Tamil Nadu. Every rural household is associated with livestock. The present study was endeavored to know about the profile of dairy farmers and its association with information dynamics. The study was conducted in Villupuram and Salem districts representing two diverse agro climatic zones of Tamil Nadu. The results of the study revealed that 76.67 per cent of the respondents belonged to old and middle aged categories, 45.00 per cent belonged to illiterate, 78.33 per cent and 21.67 per cent of the respondents had agriculture and dairying as their primary occupation respectively. Most of the respondents (70.83 per cent) belonged to nuclear family. More than half (64.16 per cent) of the respondents had high dairy farming experience. Nearly three-fourth (73.30 per cent) had medium livestock possession and 74.16 per cent adopted innovations after seeing the results of adoption by other farmers. Less than half (40.00 per cent) of the respondents had membership in one organisation and belonged to cosmopoliteness category.

Dairy farmers, Information dynamics, Socio-economic characteristics.
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