Relative importance of Farmers’ Characteristics in Predicting their Knowledge about Indigenous Agricultural Practices


  • A. Sakeer Husain Kerala Agricultural University
  • M Sundaramari Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram
  • J Sreekumar ICAR - Central Tuber Crops Research Institute



Traditional agricultural practices, Indigenous Technical Knowledge, Knowledge determinants, Kerala


This study was conducted to identify the farmers’ characteristics that act as factors in influencing their knowledge on indigenous agricultural practices. The study was conducted in the state of Kerala among 40 farmers each of ten selected horticultural crops. Step wise regression analysis and multiple linear regression analysis were employed to identify the influencing factors. The study revealed that age, farm power status, innovativeness, rational orientation, communication status, and social participation status positively influence knowledge of farmers on indigenous agricultural practices whereas material status, educational status, and family status were the important characteristics of farmers negatively influencing the knowledge of indigenous practices.

Author Biographies

A. Sakeer Husain, Kerala Agricultural University

Associate Professor, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, India

M Sundaramari, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram

Professor, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu, India

J Sreekumar, ICAR - Central Tuber Crops Research Institute

Principal Scientist, ICAR- Central Tuber Crops Research Institute ,Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India


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How to Cite

Husain, A. S., Sundaramari, M., & Sreekumar, J. (2017). Relative importance of Farmers’ Characteristics in Predicting their Knowledge about Indigenous Agricultural Practices. Journal of Extension Education, 28(3).