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Attitude of Livestock Farmers towards Climate Change in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu

V. Uma

Assistant Professor
Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education
Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal

N. Narmatha

Professor and Head
Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education
Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal

K.M. Sakthivel

Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education
Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal

M.R. Purushothaman

Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education
Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal

S. Sureshkumar

Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education
Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal

Abstract

Climate change and food security are two emerging issues being faced by the people all over the world, particularly those in the developing countries. Attitudes are learnt and are the result of past experience. The farmers are a critical decision maker and their willingness and capacity to respond to climate change is based on the desirable or undesirable attributes associated with climatic conditions. Understanding the farmers’ attitude towards climate change is important for scientists, policymakers and stake holders to support adaptive measures in livestock farming. A well-structured interview schedule was used to collect the practices adapted by the livestock farmers at farm-level in irrigated and rainfed areas of Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu. Most of the livestock farmers had less favourable to unfavourable attitude towards climate change. Water shortage is the main concern due to climate change; and ground water level has gone down and early dipping of water bodies were the items ranked first and second in irrigated area respectively.In rainfed area, ground water level has gone down and water shortage is the main concern due to climate change were the items ranked first and second respectively.

Keywords: Attitude Towards Climate Change,Irrigated Area and Rainfed Area.

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