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Does technology transfer training concern for agriculture output in India? A critical study on a lateritic zone in West Bengal

Pradipta Chandra (Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India)
Titas Bhattacharjee (Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India)
Bhaskar Bhowmick (Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Article publication date: 4 June 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and identify the indicators of institutional barriers hindering the technology transfer training (TTT) process behind the technology adoption lag affecting the agricultural output in India through development of a scale.

Design/methodology/approach

Quantitative technique has been followed for data collection through a close-ended questionnaire scored on the seven-point Likert scale. The sample size was considered as 161; target respondents were farmers and farmer-centric individuals. Data were analyzed using an exploratory factor analysis technique.

Findings

Factor analysis revealed that there are three significant factors related to TTT process, namely, comprehension, customization and generalization, which are liable for institutional barriers in technology adoption by farmers.

Research limitations/implications

The main limitation is biasness from both respondents’ end and interviewer’s end might exist during survey due to differences in perception.

Social implications

The key beneficiaries from this research are the small and marginal farming community in India. They can enhance their productivity through an appropriate training process. Corporates will show interest in investment through the mechanism of corporate social responsibility.

Originality/value

Under this study, the factors of the institutional barriers from the farmers’ perspective are being introduced as a new research contribution, especially for the resource crunch area of Jangalmahal and other similar places in India.

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Acknowledgements

This study acknowledges Seva-Bharati, SBKVK, Dr Ranjan Kumar Sen (President, Seva-Bharati), Sri Anil Krishna Chandra (Life Member of Seva-Bharati and Co-worker of Dr P.K. Sen), HBIFCFC (farm science club) for providing community-level information and Prof S.C. Mahapatra, Prof K.N. Tewari, Dr A.K. Karan, PFDC IIT Kharagpur for valuable technological inputs, Dr Bimal Chandra Mal, a renowned Scientist, for his continuous inspiration. The authors acknowledge the guidance of Ms Susmita Ghosh, a Research Scholar, for her contribution in methodology and data analysis part. The authors are thankful to Rajendra Mishra School of Engineering Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, for partial financial support to implement this work and to conduct data collection.

Citation

Chandra, P., Bhattacharjee, T. and Bhowmick, B. (2018), "Does technology transfer training concern for agriculture output in India? A critical study on a lateritic zone in West Bengal", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 339-362. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-04-2016-0023

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