Measuring Farmers’ Willingness to Adoption of Solar Operated Drip Irrigation System: A Case Study of Ganj, Chakri
Author: Naveed Ahmed

In rain-fed areas of Pakistan, agriculture is mainly dependent on rain water. In view of changing climatic conditions rains have become uncertain and underground aquifers are shrinking. This research purported to assess farmers’ willingness to adopt the said technology in rain-fed area of Union Council Ganj in District Rawalpindi. The research based on randomly selected 141 farmers from the said union council. A well-structured questionnaire was employed to collect data from the field. Age, knowledge about existence of PARC solar site at Chakri (main town in the study area), land fragmentation, Level of underground water table, dependence on agriculture as main source of livelihood and knowledge about use of solar pump were found statistically significant in adopting solar powered pump drip irrigation technology. Findings of the study substantiate to make suggestion for Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) to expand its project for awareness of the masses about on-farm water saving technologies by conducting more trainings for farmers. Government may advance subsidy worth Rs 50,000 to promote solar panel along-with drip irrigation paraphernalia and reverse electricity meter Supervisor:- Dr. Junaid Alam Memon

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Supervisor: Junaid Alam Memon

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