Case of women farmers in Imbulpe DS Division in Sri Lanka


This study was conducted to identify the agricultural extension needs of women farmers and to assess the impact of their participation in agricultural extension programs on vegetable production in the area. A sample of 145 women farmers from five Grama Niladhari (GN) divisions of the DS division was randomly selected for the study. Data were collected from a researcher administered survey and analyzed using descriptive statistics and a regression analysis. As per the results, a significant number of the women farmers have
participated in most of the extension and training programs. However, some of them haven’t registered in the farmer organization present in the area. Agricultural extension agents of the area have focused on dissemination of more information regarding modern farming technologies, organic farming, application of agrochemicals and fertilizers, and improving market systems. The majority of women farmers have
used the knowledge received from the extension programs in vegetable farming activities. Furthermore, there is a significant and positive relationship between participation in extension programs by women farmers and an increase in vegetable production. Therefore, encouragement of women farmers to register in the farmer organization, provision of timely important extension service to them, organizing training programs, and workshops to disseminate agricultural information are crucial to further enhancement of vegetable production in this area.


agricultural extension; vegetable production; Imbulpe; rural women farmers; Sri Lanka

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Rathnachandra, D., & Malkanthi, P. (2022). AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTION: THE CASE OF WOMEN FARMERS IN IMBULPE DS DIVISION IN SRI LANKA. Journal of Agribusiness and Rural Development, 64(2), 131–139. Retrieved from

Dilini Rathnachandra
Research Assistant, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka
Pushpa Malkanthi 
Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka

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