Agricultural Extension Systems: Issues and Approaches
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About the Book :
The papers in this volume, presented at national seminar on Alternative Extension Approaches, held at Mitraniketan, Kerala, attempt to examine the different aspects of developments in agricultural extension. Highlighting the major concerns about the implementation of different Extension systems under different conditions, they deliberate on continuing marginalization of farmers, low growth rate agriculture, poor income generating capacity and role of agricultural extension in shifting farming activity from traditional methods to market-orientation. The contributors also extend discussion on the role of Panchayati Raj, private extension services, and different innovative extension approches.
About Author :
B.S. Hansra, Assistant Director General (Agri. Extn.) at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi had been Professor and Head; Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (Punjab). He taught UG and PG courses in extension education at P.A.U., Ludhiana for more than two decades and guided extension. programmes of the University. He has authored ten books and more than 180 research and popular papers. He has been awarded National Fellow Award during 1995 by the Indian Society of Extension Education. He is closely associated with many national and international professional societies.
P.T. Suraj is Assistant Professor (Livestock Production) at the Kerala Agricultural University. His areas of interest include Smallholder Integrated Farming, Agricultural Policies and Multi-disciplinary Agricultural Development. He has presented a good number of scientific papers at various fora.
P.N. Ananth is Assistant Professor of Rural Development at Jimma University, Ethopia. As a developmental researcher, he has worked on project funded by World Bank, UK Government, DFID, Cornell USA, World Fish Centre in Malaysia, Union Ministry of Agriculture, and ICAR, New Delhi. The International Society of Environmental Protection along with the Zoological Society of India gave him the Young Scientist Award for his paper. Dr. Ananth has four books, 25 research papers, five popular articles, three extension brochures and a manual to his credit.
Maravalalu J. Chandre Gowda (b. 1965) is currently working as Additional Commissioner (Extn) in the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. He has served 20 years in various organisations such as Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Zonal Coordinating Unit-VIII of ICAR Transfer of Technology Projects and Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. His international experiences include training at Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC), Taiwan, and participating in FAO Consultation Workshop on Market Oriented Agricultural Extension at Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Gowda has rich experience of guiding the national agricultural extension programmes like Extension Reforms (ATMA), Agric Clinics and Agri Business Centres, Kisan Call Centres, Model Training Courses and Extension Education Institutes during his tenure in the Ministry of Agriculture. Dr. Chandre Gowda has edited 6 books, published 25 research papers in refereed journals and has equal number of symposia papers. He is the recipient of Young Scientist award of the Indian Society of Extension Education. He has been honoured with Utkrisht Krishi Seva Trophy by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India for his exemplary work in the field of Advancement of Agriculture in the country.