Farmers’ Perception of Factors Hampering Maize Yield in Rain-Fed Region of Pind Dadan Khan, Pakistan
The study analyzed farmers’ perceptions of factors influencing maize yield in the Pind Daden Khan region of Pakistan. The majority of respondents were aware of recommended maize production practices, but with a small proportion of adoptees. The farmers felt that market uncertainty was affecting the yield of maize crop. A majority (96% and 71.2%) of respondents were aware of time of irrigation at sowing and post-germination, and 91.2% and 55.2% had adopted them, respectively. Almost 50% of respondents adopted the recommended plant protection measures. Land should be given to small farmers on lease with cheaper rates so they can earn good profit and improve their livelihoods. Extension services should be made more effective to provide the information at proper time to the farmers. There is need for a strong policy implementation regarding better marketing and inputs supply by introducing micro–credit loan schemes to maize farmers.
Keywords: Maize production practices, Factors affecting maize adoption, Maize in Pind Daden Khan
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