Contributing and Influencing Factors on Organic Agriculture Practices by Farmers in Tamil Nadu, India- An Analysis

Authors

Sivaraj Paramasivam
Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore- 641 003. Tamil Nadu, India.
Department of Agricultural Extension, Amrita School of Agricultural Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore- 642 109. Tamil Nadu, India.
Philip Henry
Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore- 641 003. Tamil Nadu, India.
Venkata Pirabu Jagadeesan
Directorate of Planning and Monitoring, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore- 641 003. Tamil Nadu, India.

Abstract

The goal of this study is to find factors that influence the adoption of organic farming. The study’s objective necessitates the selection of an organic agricultural district. The study was conducted in Tamil Nadu’s western region on purpose with 180 farmers. The most effective elements found in the current study to determine the factors affecting the adoption of organic farming in Tamil Nadu are Organic farm perception potential (Prime factor) with Eigenvalue 3.854. Since, organic farming experience (X5), scientific approach (X12), animal ownership (X13), perceptions of organic manure utilization (X15), and perceptions of organic farming profitability (X16). With the highest factor loading of the above-mentioned factors of 0.689, 0.602, 0.206, 0.591, and 0.613, it has a stronger influence on the amount of adoption of organic farming practices in Tamil Nadu’s Western zone. As a result, farmers should be motivated and educated about the benefits of organic farming through extension and research institutes, not only to improve income but also to modify their behaviour and perceptions about new agricultural techniques.