Assessing the Awareness of Different Management Practices Among Apple Growers in Ziarat

Authors

  • Zahoor Alam University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Author
  • Muhammad Saleem University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Author
  • Naseer Ahmed University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Author
  • Muhammad Iftikhar University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.  Author
  • Syed Shamsullah University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.  Author
  • Munir Ahmad Rind ARI, Quetta. Author
  • Adam Khan Jhal Magsi. Author
  • Nissar Ahmad Ziarat.  Author
  • Saddam University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.  Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.2.54

Keywords:

Apple, Assessment, Awareness, Management

Abstract

Apple is the third largest fruit crop in the country, following citrus and mango, covering a significant area in Baluchistan and playing a crucial role in local income generation and the national economy. This study aimed to assess the awareness levels of respondents regarding management practices. A multi-stage sampling technique was employed, with tehsil Ziarat purposively selected. Four randomly chosen union councils and 12 villages within these councils were included, totaling 120 apple growers interviewed for data collection. The results revealed limited awareness among respondents about mechanical land preparation and the hexagon or triangular planting systems for apple cultivation. Red delicious variety dominated due to market demand, with lesser-known varieties like Mashadi and Amri being less cultivated. Awareness about irrigation methods such as furrow and drip irrigation, and fertigation practices, was also low. Similarly, knowledge about equipment like backpacks and compressed air sprayers was lacking, with manual picking being the most common method. There is a critical need to enhance the knowledge of apple growers through organized extension activities. Additionally, government subsidies on inputs are necessary to equip farmers with the latest agricultural technologies.

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Author Biographies

  • Zahoor Alam, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

    Institute of Agricultural Extension, Education and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

  • Muhammad Saleem, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

    Institute of Agricultural Extension, Education and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. 

  • Naseer Ahmed, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

    Institute of Horticultural Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

  • Muhammad Iftikhar, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. 

    Institute of Agricultural Extension, Education and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. 
    Corresponding Author Email: muhammad.iftikhar@uaf.edu.pk

  • Syed Shamsullah, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. 

    Department of Plant Pathology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. 

  • Munir Ahmad Rind, ARI, Quetta.

    Directorate of Fruit ARI, Quetta.

  • Adam Khan, Jhal Magsi.

    Agriculture Research Officer, Jhal Magsi.

  • Nissar Ahmad, Ziarat. 

    Directorate of Agriculture Research, Ziarat. 

  • Saddam, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. 

    Institute of Horticultural Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. 

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Published

2024-05-28

How to Cite

Assessing the Awareness of Different Management Practices Among Apple Growers in Ziarat. (2024). Journal of Asian Development Studies, 13(2), 684-693. https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.2.54

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