Since independence, the Government of India has established many institutes and allied organizations for rural and agriculture development. Extension workers of state governments, agriculture scientists of under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and agriculture universities and mass media have been educating farmers about scientific techniques. This book presents an overview of the studies on the farmers’ education programmes under ICAR, New Delhi.
The book deals with the genesis, extension methods used, farmers’ knowledge and adoption of improved practices, impact in terms of agriculture productivity, operational problems in implementing and suggestion for accelerating farmers’ education about improved farming practices.
The programmes reviewed are all established on sound theories. These can be replicated in countries with similar agro-economic levels of development. The book will also act as a master piece of information for all the graduates and other stakeholders to meet the academic requirement besides satisfying the plethora of needs.
The book should prove valuable for the policy makers, administrators and extension workers in this broad spectrum of professional interests.
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Dr. Raghunath Singh, Principal Scientist (ret.), Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur has more than 35 years experience in research and training in Agriculture Extension. Dr Singh started his professional career at the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad in 1972 where his research projects involved extensive field work in the villages across India. He popularized agro-forestry practices in the arid area of Rajasthan and, equally important, he organized training programmes for the extension workers to enhance their knowledge and skill in agriculture.
Dr. Singh has written two manuals on Watershed and Transfer of Dry Land Technology. These are highly valued by the drought prone areas of the country. He is the author of Different Extension System in India. He has attended international workshops in Italy and Thailand. In 1977, he was invited by the FAO , Rome as an expert consultant on the ‘Role of Forestry in Combating Desertification’.