Adoption and diffusion of new technology: A case study of selected districts in India

Khalid Hafiz, Fordham University


It is now well recognized that the development of dryland technology in agriculture is a crucial means of redressing regional imbalances, increase the production of pulses, alleviate poverty and provide the much needed correction of the early strategy which concentrated on a few well endowed regions for increasing food grains. The Semi Arid Territories (SAT) is part of my investigation. As Government of India is making a consistent effort to bring about growth and equality in all regions. This paper is an attempt to study the adoption of High Yielding Variety (HYV) in all Regions of India, its timing, duration and cost. While some farmers will adopt the new technology (HYV) quickly others will take time. There is therefore enormous variation in the duration of spells of adoption from one farmer to another, one District to another, one Region to another. It is the purpose of this study to look into how much time do individual farmers, Districts and Region, take to adopt the new technology? How does the duration of adoption vary across individual Districts and Region? While technology is the main source of growth it can also promote equity if it is designed to cater to the requirements of the farmers in different Regions and Districts. ^

Subject Area

Economics|Agricultural economics

Recommended Citation

Hafiz, Khalid, "Adoption and diffusion of new technology: A case study of selected districts in India" (1993). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI9403297.