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Evaluation of farmer awareness on rubber cultivation and production technologies in major rubber-growing areas of Sri Lanka

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D. M. A. P. Dissanayake ,

Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka, Telewala Road, Ratmalana, LK
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P. K. K. S. Gunaratne,

Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka, Telewala Road, Ratmalana, LK
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W. Wijesuriya

Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka, Dartonfield, Agalawatta, LK
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Abstract

The study focused on 23 sites representing traditional rubber growing areas of Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Colombo districts in Sri Lanka. Methodology employed in the study was mainly participatory in nature with 1828 farmers. Questions to test awareness were categorized under recommendations in (a) agronomic practices, (b) tapping-related activities and (c) processing aspects of sheet rubber. The questions were displayed to farmers and they were given a chance to select the answer and vote for it. Awareness score was devised by calculating the % of correct answers for each question. Cluster analysis was employed to categorize different locations. Awareness on agronomic recommendations in different sites ranged from 28 % to 62 %. The overall awareness on tapping ranged from 34 % to 62 %. Awareness scores for processing of sheet rubber ranged from 16 % to 42 % and indicated poor awareness on processing among smallholder farmers. The study identified similar groups from sites in the districts based on awareness of recommendations under immature phase, tapping and processing activities. The paper suggests spatial priorities for technology transfer in the smallholder sector to improve adoption of recommendations.
How to Cite: Dissanayake, D.M.A.P., Gunaratne, P.K.K.S. & Wijesuriya, W., (2016). Evaluation of farmer awareness on rubber cultivation and production technologies in major rubber-growing areas of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Food and Agriculture. 2(1), pp.41–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfa.v2i1.24
Published on 20 Mar 2016.
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