FEASIBILITY STUDY OF ORGANIC VEGETABLE FARMING IN BAITADI DISTRICT
Santoshi Malla, Uttam Rosyara, Bibash Neupane, Birat Sapkota
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Our study was conducted to know the feasibility of organic vegetable farming in Baitadi district along with the current situation of farming. Accelerating use of agrochemicals,higher production cost and deteriorating ecosystem health have advocated the need to change external input use agriculture towards safe and sustainable organic production .Current research emphasize on the constraints and feasibility of organic vegetable production by selecting farmers of Baitadi District.This study adopted a random sampling technique to select the 60 respondent and the collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics for mean, median, frequency, ranking and trend analysis; binary Logistic model to identify factors determining the decision to cultivate in separate plots for home consumption and market. The study revealed that years of schooling and production for both subsistence and commercial farming were statistically significant for the decision to cultivate in separate plots for home and market consumption. Majority of respondents were Chhetri (46.67%) followed by Brahmin (43.33%).The findings also reveals that majority of the households were male headed (78.33%) and literate (65%). Huge populations (68.33%) were found involved in agriculture followed by others in business, service and pension. Major problems of the study area were lack of knowledge about organic farming, and government intervention. Majority of the farmers are confident that use of chemicals and fertilizers is dangerous for human health and they are consenting to adopt organic farming if technical and credit supports are provided.