Year: 2023 | Month: June | Volume 12 | Issue 2

Why 100% Adoption Rate is Unachievable even with 100% Subsidy? A study on adoption of Micro Irrigation Systems (MIS) among small and marginal farmers in Southern India

S. Kiruthika and D. Suresh Kumar


Micro Irrigation systems have been at the forefront in policy making because of its significant impact on saving water resource,
enhanced agricultural productivity and enriched nutritional quality. Considering the importance of MIS, this study has been
undertaken in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu, India to determine why MIS have not been adopted to the expected level among
small and marginal farmers when the state government provides 100% subsidy and to find out the reasons for discontinuation
of the technology. Employing Logit model, it is found that the adoption of the technology is significantly influenced by farming
experience and years of education of the farmers, income from non-farm and off-farm activities and area under wider spaced
crops. Factors like negative perception towards the technology and non-availability of technical support leads to dis-adoption of
the technology. Modifying the specifications on subsidy will result in increased adoption and also decreased dis-adoption of the


  • An 100% subsidy is given to small and marginal farmers of Tamil Nadu for using drip and sprinkler adoption rate among farmers is low.
  • Modification in component specifications may improve adoption rate by farmers.

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