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Perceptions and Willingness to Adopt Brackishwater Aquaculture Technologies Among Aqua Farmers in South Gujarat

P. Mahalakshmi

ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture
75, Santhome High Road, R.A.Puram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

C. Gopal

ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture
75, Santhome High Road, R.A.Puram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

M. Muralidhar

ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture
75, Santhome High Road, R.A.Puram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

M. Kailasam

ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture
75, Santhome High Road, R.A.Puram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Prem Kumar

ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture
75, Santhome High Road, R.A.Puram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

P. K. Patil

ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture
75, Santhome High Road, R.A.Puram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

H. G. Solanki

Soil and Water Management Research Unit
Navsari Agricultural University
Navsari, Gujarat

R. V. Borichangar

Soil and Water Management Research Unit
Navsari Agricultural University
Navsari, Gujarat

J. G. Vanza

Soil and Water Management Research Unit
Navsari Agricultural University
Navsari, Gujarat

Abstract

Demonstration of culture of banana shrimp, seabass, milkfish and cobia, nursery rearing of seabass in hapas, cage farming of seabass and pearlspot are conducted under the collaborativeprogramme of ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai and Navasari Agricultural University, Navsari. An impact analysis was undertaken for the assessment of perceptions and willingness-to-adopt (WTA) brackishwater aquaculture technologies among aqua farmers of South Gujarat. A total of 95 aqua farmers from 9 coastal villages of South Gujarat viz,Kabilpore, Kusdsad, Pathri, Danti, Mor, Bharuch, Navipardi, Onjal and Surat were randomly selected for the present study. Based on the percentage of difference for adopting the brackishwater aquaculture technologies before and after the collaborative programme initiation of the study showed that there was 100% adoption with respect to the technologies such as usage of immunostimulant – CIBASTIM, banana shrimp culture, seabass farming in ponds, seabass farming in cages, nursery rearing of seabass in hapas, cobia and milkfish culture in ponds, milkfish and pearlspot in cages, polyculture with seabass and carp, milkfish and carp, and milkfish and shrimp culture. The logistic regression model results suggested that the decision to WTA of brackishwater aquaculture technologies is a function of education, access to aquaculture inputs, ownership, marketing behaviour, extension media contact, training exposure, knowledge in culture practices, participation in aquaculture activities and willingness to pay for adoption. Moreover, the Wald values of the model revealed that knowledge in culture practices (8.105) and marketing behaviour (6.654) were two most important variables leading to WTA of brackishwater aquaculture technologies among the aqua farmers in Gujarat. Thestudy revealed that the socio-economic condition of the coastal population has been improved in the South Gujarat through brackishwater aquaculture technologies.

Key words: Willingness-to-adopt, Tribal, Regression, Brackishwater and aquaculture.

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