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World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2017, 5(5), 265-272
DOI: 10.12691/wjar-5-5-3
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Adoption of Conservation Agriculture in Bangladesh: Problems and Prospects

Aurup Ratan Dhar1, , Md. Monirul Islam1 and Jasim Uddin Ahmed2

1Department of Agricultural Economics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

2Department of Agricultural Economics and Policy, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Pub. Date: September 23, 2017

Cite this paper:
Aurup Ratan Dhar, Md. Monirul Islam and Jasim Uddin Ahmed. Adoption of Conservation Agriculture in Bangladesh: Problems and Prospects. World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2017; 5(5):265-272. doi: 10.12691/wjar-5-5-3

Abstract

The research was conducted to evaluate the problems and prospects of adopting conservation agriculture in Jamalpur and Bogra districts of Bangladesh. A total of 120 farmers (20 from focal and 100 from control group) were surveyed for collecting necessary data and information. A combination of descriptive statistics and mathematical techniques was used to analyze the data. Focal farmers followed the basic principles of conservation agriculture but control farmers continued conventional crop farming practices. Focal farmers were more profitable compared to control farmers in terms of wheat and bean production. Less production due to minimum tillage, difficulties in maintenance, lack of extension service etc. were the major problems faced by the farmers. Knowledge on soil conservation and soil quality improvement, use of organic fertilizer, etc. were found as strengths; management of crop residue, scarcity of cowdung, etc. were found as weaknesses; labor opportunities, market demand, etc. were found as opportunities; and climate change and price fluctuation were found as threats of adopting conservation agriculture. Regular extension contact, arrangement of training programmes and input support are to be ensured by different government and non-government organizations to motivate farmers for adopting conservation agriculture practice.

Keywords:
adoption conservation agriculture problems prospects

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