Development and Standardisation of Scale to Measure Attitude of the Farmers towards Natural Farming: A Sustainable Environmental Approach

Mupparapu Deepika *

Department of Agricultural Extension Education, S.V. Agricultural College, ANGRAU, Tirupati, India.

P.V.Sathya Gopal

IABM, S.V. Agricultural College, ANGRAU, Tirupati, India.

K. Gurava Reddy

ANGRAU, Lam, Guntur, India.

V. Sailaja

Department of Agricultural Extension Education, S.V. Agricultural College, ANGRAU, Tirupati, India.

G. Krishna Reddy

RARS, ANGRAU, Tirupati, India.

P. Lavanya Kumari

Department of Statistics and Computer Applications, S.V. Agricultural College, ANGRAU, Tirupati, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Attitude is defined as the degree of favourable or unfavourable feeling of the farmers towards natural farming. Natural farming, a sustainable agricultural practice that eschews synthetic inputs, has garnered significant interest globally for its potential to enhance soil health, biodiversity and crop resilience. Understanding farmer’s attitude towards natural farming is crucial for its widespread adoption. It is the accepted fact that attitude of an individual plays an important role in determining ones behaviour. Keeping this in view a standardized scale has been developed to assess the attitude of the farmers towards natural farming. The Likert’s summated rating method was used to construct the scale. The process started with collection of items followed by relevancy testing and item analysis and checking the reliability and validity for precision and consistency. A total of twenty four statements were finally retained for measuring attitude of the farmers towards natural farming, out of which fourteen statements were positive and ten statements were negative. The reliability was checked using split-half method and validity was examined through content validity. The scale developed was found highly reliable and valid.

Keywords: Attitude, farmers, natural farming, likert scale, standardisation


How to Cite

Deepika, Mupparapu, P.V.Sathya Gopal, K. Gurava Reddy, V. Sailaja, G. Krishna Reddy, and P. Lavanya Kumari. 2024. “Development and Standardisation of Scale to Measure Attitude of the Farmers towards Natural Farming: A Sustainable Environmental Approach”. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change 14 (5):367-74. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2024/v14i54196.

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