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Table 4 Preference ranking test

From: Non-codified traditional medicine practices from Belgaum Region in Southern India: present scenario

Reasons for Total score *(number of traditional practitioners) Overall ranking
Non-availability of medicinal plants Ranking Total  
  1 2 3 4 5   
Deforestation 350 116 36 32 13 547 1 st
(70) (29) (12) (16) (13) (140)
Lesser rain fall 150 224 99 14 14 501 2 nd
(30) (56) (33) (7) (14) (140)
Dam constructions 100 96 177 28 23 424 3 rd
(20) (24) (59) (14) (23) (140)
Forest fire 75 64 69 152 10 370 4 th
(15) (16) (23) (76) (10) (140)
Road widening 25 60 39 54 80 258 5 th
(5) (15) (13) (27) (80) (140)
Disinterest of younger generation in traditional medicinal practice       
Higher education 215 252 45 30 4 546 1 st
(43) (63) (15) (15) (4) (140)
Migration from villages 250 136 153 4 3 546 1 st
(50) (34) (51) (2) (3) (140)
No attractive income 160 120 51 96 13 440 2 nd
(32) (30) (17) (48) (13) (140)
Difficulty in learning and practice 70 48 132 86 27 363 3 rd
(14) (12) (44) (43) (27) (140)
Non-availability of medicinal plants 5 4 39 64 93 205 4 th
(1) (1) (13) (32) (93) (140)
  1. Ranking 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 has the score of 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 respectively; *Number of traditional practitioners gave the ranking for each category; Total score is sum of scores in each category; Overall ranking is with respect to descending order of total score.