Pioneering Challenges: Exploring Multifaceted Obstacles in Agricultural Mechanization in Tamil Nadu, India

Abirami, S. and Widyastuti, Maria (2023) Pioneering Challenges: Exploring Multifaceted Obstacles in Agricultural Mechanization in Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change, India.

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Aim: To comprehend the identified constraints spanning various categories, including economic challenges, environmental issues, extension-related limitations, infrastructural obstacles, informational barriers, operational challenges, technological impediments, and capacity-building constraints faced by farmers utilizing farm mechanization. Study Design: This study adopted a comprehensive approach. Place and Duration of study: This study was conducted in two distinct regions within Tamil Nadu, specifically Coimbatore and Ramanathapuram, representing high and low irrigation intensity zones, respectively. Methodology: The study actively involved 120 farmers, with an equal distribution of 60 participants from each district, who participated by responding to questionnaires. The study meticulously applied the Rank-Based Quotient (RBQ) methodology to assess the most prominent constraints hindering effective farm mechanization. Results: The study identified constraints spanning multiple categories, including economic challenges such as the absence of credit facilities and heightened investment costs, environmental issues like pesticide usage and increased fossil fuel emissions, extension-related limitations including restricted interaction between extension officials and farmers in remote areas, infrastructural obstacles like the unavailability of service centers, informational barriers involving inadequate knowledge of government subsidies, operational challenges such as frequent machinery repairs, policy-related issues like the inadequate implementation of government support programs, situational challenges including farmers' hesitance to embrace mechanization, technological impediments such as a lack of familiarity with advanced technologies, and capacity-building constraints, including insufficient training for both farmers and skilled workers. Conclusion: These findings emphasize the urgency of targeted policy interventions, increased awareness, enhanced access to training, and the establishment of support mechanisms to surmount these obstacles. Addressing these constraints holds the potential to empower farmers to optimize machinery utilization, augment productivity, and make substantial contributions to agricultural development, providing valuable insights for other developing nations grappling with similar challenges in advancing their agricultural sectors.

Item Type: Other
EditorEditor-27, Ruma
Uncontrolled Keywords: Advancement, constraint, environment, inadequate, lack, mechanization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Fakultas Ekonomi > Prodi Manajemen
Depositing User: Maria Widyastuti
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2023 09:18
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 09:18

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