Impact of KSAMBS’ Free SMS to Farmers on Agricultural Marketing Prices- A Case Study in Karnataka (India)
Science Discovery
Volume 1, Issue 3, June 2013, Pages: 28-34
Received: Jun. 21, 2013; Published: Jul. 10, 2013
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Authors
Ganeshagouda I. Patil, National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi -12, India
Parmod Kumar, Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore -72, India
Manjunatha A. V., Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore -72, India
Somanagouda I. Patil, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Agricultural sciences, Dharwad-05, India
Vijayachandra Reddy S., Department of Agri-Business Management, University of Agricultural sciences, Dharwad-05, India
Ramasundaram P., National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi -12, India
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Abstract
This paper analyzes the impact of Karnataka State Agricultural Marketing Board (KSAMBs’) free SMS (Short Message Service) to farmers on agricultural marketing prices using primary (from 110 farmers) and secondary information (from KSAMB and NIC). From the secondary data, it was found that about 89.26 percent of the registered users (120071 numbers) were farmers. Results from the primary data showed higher share of SMS beneficiaries in the age group of 25 to 40 years (46.36 %). Further around 95.5 percent of the farmers were educated, who had expressed satisfaction about the SMS information received in local and English languages. Most of the medium and large farmers (52 %) had benefited from selling their produce based on the free SMS on price information. It is interesting to note that about 88.18 percent of the beneficiary farmers had shared the price information to other farmers. A majority of the farmers (80 %) opined that disseminated information was simple, timely, understandable and accurate, which helped them in fetching better price. Results of study provide useful insights to the policy makers for enhancing the benefits as well as further improvement of the service delivery.
Keywords
SMS, Agricultural Marketing, Dissemination, Information, Karnataka
To cite this article
Ganeshagouda I. Patil, Parmod Kumar, Manjunatha A. V., Somanagouda I. Patil, Vijayachandra Reddy S., Ramasundaram P., Impact of KSAMBS’ Free SMS to Farmers on Agricultural Marketing Prices- A Case Study in Karnataka (India), Science Discovery. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2013, pp. 28-34. doi: 10.11648/j.sd.20130103.12
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