African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4164

Full Length Research Paper

Comparing sericulture extension models for silkworm cocoon production management in Iran

Mehdi Charmchian Langerodi1*, Iraj Malakmohammadi2, Mohammad Chizari3 and Alireza Seidavi4
1Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. 2Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, University of Tehran, College of Agriculture, Karaj, Iran. 3Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Tarbiat Modares University, College of Agriculture, Tehran, Iran. 4Department of Animal Science, Islamic Azad University, Rasht Branch, Rasht, Iran.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 28 June 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2011

Abstract

This study compares sericulture extension models from the views of extension agents and sericulturists for silkworm cocoon production management in Iran. To achieve this aim, 316 sericulturists were selected through stratified random sampling technique and 58 sericulture extension agents were studied by census. Research methodology applied in this study was a combination of descriptive-analytical and quantitative methods and statistical method included path analysis. The results showed that the affecting factors for silkworm cocoon production management from the sericulturists’ view were effective in training presentation and participation, respectively. Based on the extension agents’ model, the affecting factors on the production management of silkworm cocoon were extension agents' training methods, effective training presentation to extension agents and infrastructures. Accordingly, effective training should be presented for extension agents and sericulturists. In the extension agents’ model, the most important impacts on the sericulture extension resulted from the marketing and extension agents’ training methods. Also, in sericulturists’ model, marketing had effect on attitudes towards extension. Therefore, both sericulturists and extension agents believed that extension department should improve sericulture marketing activities.

 

Key words: Sericulture extension, silkworm cocoon, management, Iran.