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The reasons for adopting the new technologies were given by Bargali et al (2007):
Most women farmers in the locality use their own seeds under the biasisystem and these have poor germination and quality (Singh and Shrivastava2004). Their use of healthy seed resulted in better seed germination, betterseed quality, and optimum plant population. The lower seeding rate reducedthe cost of quality seed.
Women farmers have always used traditional sickles for harvesting becausethey are not aware of the advantages of using serrated sickles. These workersnow experience less drudgery with the use of this farm implement. Laborefficiency increased by 50%.
Safe grain storage protected grains from insect damage and lengthenedstorage time (Pandey et al 2006).
Women farmers in the area feed rice straw to cattle, but the animals remainundernourished. Adding 4% urea to rice straw increased the nutritive valueand consequently improved animal health and milk production.This study suggests that providing information and technical support tosmall women farmers would enable them to adopt new technologies.Demonstrations of improved technologies in their fields could motivate poorrural women to adopt innovations.
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We thank ICAR for financial support and the referee for valuable suggestions toimprove the manuscript.