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SOCIAL ACCEPTABILITY OF COCONUT-BASED AGROFORESTRY MODELS DEVELOPED TO SMALLHOLDERS IN SRI LANKA

Authors:

W. B. K. Peiris ,

COCOS, LK
About W. B. K.
HARDY Advanced Technical Institute, Inginiyagala Road, Ampara, Sri Lanka.
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M. T. N. Fernando,

LK
About M. T. N.
Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila Sri Lanka.
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H. M. G. S. B. Hitinayake,

LK
About H. M. G. S. B.
Dept. of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
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K. B. Dassanayake,

LK
About K. B.
Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila Sri Lanka.
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H. A. J. Gunathilake,

LK
About H. A. J.
Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila Sri Lanka.
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S. D. J. N. Subasinghe

LK
About S. D. J. N.
Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila Sri Lanka.
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Abstract

Coconut Research Institute of Sri Lanka (CRISL) has designed and
established twenty-six coconut-based agroforestry models in different
agroecological regions of smallholder coconut farmers' fields commencing
1987. This study evaluates the conformity of four selected models with the
existing resource base of smallholder coconut farmers and elicits their
perceptions on these models. The selected models include: mixed farming
for Wet Zone (model 1), mixed cropping for Wet Zone (model 2), mixed
farming for Wet Intermediate Zone (model 3) and intercropping for Wet
Intermediate Zone (model 4), established respectively at Gaspe,
Hanchapola, Katuneriya and Thulawala. Conformity of these models with
the existing resource base of the farmers was analyzed by comparing labor
and cash requirement of the models with the availability of these two
resources at farmers' disposal while the farmers' perceptions were elicited
through a survey using a structured questionnaire supplemented with
informal discussions. Results revealed that all the selected agroforestry
models conform with the existing cash resource base of the farmer at
current scale of operation, but not so with the family labor supply. However,
both these resources may turn out to be limiting constraints once the current
scale of operation is expanded. The farmers' expressed mix perceptions on
agroforestry models in terms of model layout, crop composition, suitability to
socioeconomic circumstances etc, with an overall positive assessment
implying that the models developed by the CRISL are acceptable for them.
How to Cite: Peiris, W.B.K. et al., (2010). SOCIAL ACCEPTABILITY OF COCONUT-BASED AGROFORESTRY MODELS DEVELOPED TO SMALLHOLDERS IN SRI LANKA. COCOS. 15, pp.60–81. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cocos.v15i0.2192
Published on 12 Aug 2010.
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