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Preface Dominance of chemical agriculture is last few decades has deteriorated the soil health and created the problem of agricultural waste disposal in rural areas. It is important to maintain environmental and agricultural sustainability without reducing productivity. Vermiculture technology has been considered as a sound and viable option to regenerate the soil health through recycling the agricultural waste. Vermiculture is the process of using earthworms to convert vegetable and animal waste into valuable product, namely vermicompost. Agriculture progresses technologically as farmers adopt innovations.It is a common phenomenon that farmers , like any other individual, do not adopt innovations simultaneously as they appear in the social-system. Diffusion typically takes a number of years , seldom reaches a level of 100 of the potential adopter population ,and mostly follows some sort of S - shaped curve in time . The objectives of the research were to study the innovationdecision behaviour of tribal women, knowledge, attributes, attitude, adoption, constraints faced in adoption of vermiculture technology ways adopted to overcome them and the association of personal, socio-economic and communication variables with innovationdecision behaviour of tribal women. The study was conducted in purposively selected village "Goran" of Panchayat Samiti Jhadol of Udaipur district. A sample of 246 tribal women, one woman from each household was considered for gathering required information. Since, the study was based on the responces provided by the respondents and records given by BAIF during the investigation work , there have been some limitations to verify the information by any other means. My greatest personal debt is to the Tribal Area Development, Govt. of Rajasthan Udaipur , financed for its publication. I take it to be my proud privilege to avail this opportunity to express my sincere and deep sense of gratitude to my learned advisor Dr. Mrs. Snehlata Maheshwari, Head Of the Assoc. Professor Department of Home Science Extension Education and Communication Management, College of Home Science, Udaipur for
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her stimulating guidance, constructive suggestions, keen and sustained interest and incessant encouragement bestowed during the entire period of investigation, as well as critically going through the manuscript. I am privileged to express sincere and deep sense of gratitude to Dr Mrs. P. Gupta, Ex. Dean, Collage of Home Science, Udaipur, Dr. V.N. Joshi, Director Extension Education, MPUAT, Udaipu,r Mrs. Maya Choudhary, Dean, College of Home Science, Udaipur, and Dr. P.K. Dashora, Head, Department of Statistics, RCA, Udaipur,for their due attention and encouragement during the study period.