Farmers’ Knowledge on Arsenic Related Problems of Environment
The purpose of the study was to determine farmers’ knowledge on arsenic related problems of environment and to explore the relationships between the selected characteristics of the farmers and their knowledge on arsenic related problems of environment. Data were collected from randomly selected 105 farmers of three selected villages of Gouripur upazila under Mymensingh district during September to October 2004. Knowledge on arsenic related problems of environment was the dependent variable and its score could range from 0 to 100 while the observed range 41 to 73. The average knowledge score of the farmers was 53.64. More than two-thirds (67 percent) of the respondents had medium knowledge while 28 and 5 percent of them possessed high and low knowledge on arsenic related problems of environment. Out of ten selected characteristics of the farmers, education, annual income, cosmopoliteness, organizational participation, number of training received, duration of training received and communication exposure had significant positive relationships with their knowledge on arsenic related problems of environment whereas age showed significant negative relationship with the same.