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December 2021, Volume 8, 2, pp 97-109

Coconut Growers Knowledge, Perception and Adoption on Impacts of Climate Change in Gampaha and Puttalam Districts in Sri Lanka: An Index-Based Approach

Ruvani Subhathma Wickramarathna Godage

,

Bandara Gajanayake

,

Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige

Ruvani Subhathma Wickramarathna Godage 1

Bandara Gajanayake 2
Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige 3

  1. Technology Transfer Officer, Technology Transfer Division, Coconut Research Institute, Bandirippuwa Estate, Lunuwila, Sri Lanka. 1

  2. Professor, Department of Plantation Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila, Sri Lanka. 2

  3. Senior Professor, Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura, Gonawila, Sri Lanka. 3

Pages: 97-109

DOI: 10.18488/journal.68.2021.82.97.109

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Article History:

Received: 02 July, 2021
Revised: 06 August, 2021
Accepted: 30 August, 2021
Published: 21 September, 2021


Abstract:

Climate change and food security are critical topics in sustainable agricultural development. Climate change is expected to have serious environmental, economic and social impacts on Sri Lanka. Coconut growers’ knowledge, perception level and adoption for climate change adaptation measures have influenced productivity of the coconut cultivation. The study investigated the coconut growers’ knowledge gap, knowledge and perception levels regarding impacts of climate change in Gampaha and Puttalam districts. Further, this study investigated their adoption of different adaptation measures. A stratified random sampling technique was applied for selecting 240 respondents from two different districts. Structured questionnaire and interview schedule were used to elicit information from the respondents and data was analyzed with both descriptive and inferential statistics. Adoption rate of the climate change adaptation measures is significantly influenced by coconut growers’ knowledge and perception level at varying degrees. The study revealed that most of the growers in two study areas have better knowledge (> 70%) and perceptions (>60%) regarding the gradual changes in the climate and its impact on their coconut cultivation. However, their adaptation behavior is fairly poor (< 50%) in both districts. Hence government policies should more focused on to coconut growers to have access to affordable credit to increase their ability and flexibility to change adaptation strategies in response to the changing climatic conditions. Increasing growers’ access to agricultural extension services and access to information on weather forecasting are very important. In addition, government should improve and promote off-farm income-earning opportunities during dry seasons.
Contribution/ Originality
This study is one of the very few studies which use novel index-based approach to investigate coconut growers’ knowledge, perception and adoption on impacts of climate change in Gampaha and Puttalam districts.

Keywords:

Coconut, Coconut growers, Adoption, Climate change, Index, Knowledge gap, Perception.

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Funding:

This study was carried out with the financial support from Department of Plantation Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makandura.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Acknowledgement:

The authors wish to thank Coconut Research Institute for giving approval to carry out this research program and coconut growers for their collaboration in interview and Regional Managers and Coconut Development Officers attached to major coconut growing regions in Coconut Cultivation Board for providing their fullest cooperation to success this project.

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