SME Times News Bureau | 25 Apr, 2019
Director General (Agricultural Extension), Indian Council of Agricultural
Research (ICAR), A K Singh on Tuesday highlighted
the need to have a long-term strategy that would reduce the vulnerability of
the farming community and accelerate agriculture development.
at the 'National Conference on
Agriculture Extension', Singh said that public and private sector
should come together to facilitate the adoption of efficient agriculture
extension system for a robust agricultural growth.
also highlighted the need for a focused and strategically designed policy
reforms that would increase the outreach for extension agents to large number
of agriculture population.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) models do exist in agri extension, Dr Singh
opined that PPP can still be explored to its full potential.
is a major gap in the availability of the extension agents for the farmers. It
is here that the private sector can come forward and plug in the gap.
S D Attri, DDG, India Meteorological Department
(IMD), Government of Indiastressed upon the need to use technology and tools with agro-eco
region-based land use and weather-based Agro Met advisory services to help
farmers and reduce weather-related losses.
apprised that currently, IMD is rendering weather forecast based Agromet
Advisory Services (AAS) to the farmers at district level through 130 Agro-Met
Field Units (AMFUs) located at Agriculture Universities/ICAR/IITs in each
further added that Agromet advisories have benefited farmers in increasing
profits and reducing risks.
per survey report conducted by National Council of Applied Economic Research
(NCAER 2015) the service has the potential of generating net economic benefit
up to Rs. 3.3 lakh crores on 22 principal crops when AAS is applied throughout
Attri also highlighted that dissemination of information under extreme weather
condition plays a vital role in minimizing crop losses.
stressed upon the need to enhance the accuracy of weather forecasts and to make
the AAs more useful, considering user friendliness advised by the farm
households and also issue advisories for livestock, poultry, fisheries, etc.
this purpose, awareness programmes are key to help the farmers to become more
self-reliant in dealing with weather and climate issues that affect the
participatory, cross-disciplinary approach to delivering climate and weather
information and enhancing the awareness of information user group is needed to
conference largely focused upon the current scenario where there is a need for
more demand driven and responsive technology transfer system which will help
farmers to organize themselves as well as provide linkage to markets.
Conference also focused on various successful extension models adopted by
FPOs/NGOs as a solution for extending their services to reach large number of
farmers with limited time and effort.