Wheat varietal diffusion in the irrigated Punjab: Results from 1988-89
Wheat (Triticum aestivum), the major rabi food crop is planted on all major agro-climatic conditions of the irrigated Punjab. Presently, a large number of wheat varieties are grown in different wheat areas of Punjab. Farmers grow these cultivars according to their own preferences, knowledge and perceptions. In spite of the role of seed organizations and other agencies involved in the dissemination of these newly-released cultivars, the rate of adoption is slow (Akhtar et al. 1986; Heisey et al. 1988; Sharif et al. 1988). Promising wheat varieties that were released even in the early eighties still are not widely adopted by many of the farmers in the area. This study was undertaken as part of a regular annual exercise carried out by the social scientists of AERU, Faisalabad, to assess wheat varietal adoption and to find out the farmers' reasons for growing banned wheat varieties in different areas of irrigated Punjab. The major purpose of this report is to present the existing diffusion and adoption of different wheat varieties for breeders, policy makers and all other segments involved in the wheat industry.
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|Subjects:||AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, WHEAT, SEED, AGRICULTURE, POLICIES,|
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