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Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby 12fypmgr » Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:49 am

Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

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Postby santosh2190@rediffmail.com » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:10 am

We have to create corporate companies of farmers for farmers. We have to centralized all this small farms and make big farms from that.
The Govt. must announce good policy for farmers and there must be control rates and privatization of agriculture.
The Govt. must give the information to the farmer by information center and by any centralized unit which give information about weather, In which market farmers will get high price for their product, which seeds are best for the farmers, etc.
There must be proper policies for farmers.
First thing we have to give the INFORMATION to farmers because they don't have any resource for getting efficient information.
In every district Govt. must open INFORMATION CENTER in which farmers get any information regarding agriculture free of cost.
Govt. starts some information center, In starting for experimental purpose Govt. give such information centers to volunteers.
Apart from subsidies Govt. has to think to reduce the cost of production of the commodities.
there must be proper electricity facilities, proper transport facilities which will reduce the cost.

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Re: Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby janakiramang@gmail.com » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:22 am

Hi,
In my opinion, Flow of technology promoted and funded solely by government is unsustainable. If you analyse any of the latest technology like telephone, Internet or automation, it is driven by industry which is solely dependant on market potential and profits. It is this aspect that the 12th plan need to create so that Industry seeks out farmers as customers to make the flow of technology happen. Like
1. tax holiday for farm equipment makers to locate in rural areas,
2. Interest subsidy to farmers to adopt new technology. No dont give anythign free. Things given free are not valued and not sustainable.
3. preferential procurement and technology adoptation incentive to farmers
4. Fund Private firms - not free - by way of equity participation - interested in developing new farm technology.

This should be the key for sustainable future. Food is the basic necessity and farmer is the one who needs to be nurtured.
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Re: Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby yogeshpotdar@rediffmail.com » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:32 am

Farmers in our country are not very much keen on experimenting, in general. So, we need to induce them to adapt to the new technology. "Technology adaptation incentives" should be provided in some form or other. When it will be realized that the technology provides two prong benefits, one in the form of real productivity boost and the other in the form of incentive, it will be then pick up as a practice. For example, as simple as soil testing and following the advise on that may be rewarded after verifying that the suggestions have been followed and results are produced.
There are several agrotech institutions in the country and they produces several thousands of graduates each year. Yet, their services are not fully utilized in actual farming. If we can boost the agrotech consultancies equipped with services of farming specialists and if we can provide various incentives on products and services offered by such consultancies so that they will become affordable by individual farmers, technology flow will surely take place.
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Re: Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby Paulsingh@jadoo.com.au » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:33 am

Flow of technology can be improved with the cheap telecommunication available to us in India. SMS is one way we can communicate directly with each individual farmer in providing timely information on weather based on his farm location, provide him what are the market rate for his ready crop, details can be send if any issues are related to pest or decease to plantation where all the remedies or a support person can be sent to help the farmer.

All this is cheap and push technology so can be easily implemented around India in no time.

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Re: Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby rajatkakkar1@gmail.com » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:36 am

Mobile technology is in widespread usage and hence, inputs based on mobile technology to be used.

Further, specific targeted smart phones to be promoted with integrated software in collaboration with banks, mobile companies & mobile software companies which should also be integrated into already running schemes like Kisan credit card.
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Re: Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby wjgtf87t42b@gmail.com » Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:31 pm

I believe it is important for India to learn from others.
Here is how tiny Abu Dhabi's vision for 2030 is.
Perhaps we can steal some ideas from them?

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Re: Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby savlakeval@gmail.com » Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:04 pm

Agriculture has been the most prominent sector in India as more than 65% of population depends on agricultre (directly & indirectly) for livelihood. Ironically, not much has been done to develop this sector since last 6 decades.

However, the Government has now realized the potential of Agriculture sector and has initiated developmental processes. But as per my view, we need to go much far.

Farmers are most hit in this country.
Firstly, they do not get proper source of regular suppy of water for their fields.
Secondly, there is lower electricity penetration in the villages.
Thirdly, the farmers are not properly exposed to those markets where the final products are sold. Thus it results in exploitation of farmers.

Addressing the first two problems, farmers need to adopt more systematic way of farming. We have found lack of awareness among farmers towards smart water solutions. The farmers should be encouraged to use Better irrigation techniques which not only saves 70% of water (which addresses ecological problems) but also enhances the crop productivity (benefitting the farmers) which results in prosperity of the farmers. There are all kinds of solutions available for irrigation techniques to farmers (for eg: if there is lower land holding, then Community Irrigation and Family drip System works well)

For the third problem, there should be well defined Supply Chain management system authorized by Government which should have involvement from Private Sector (PPP Model). This would benefit in a way that, it would promote accountability and responsibility since Governemnt is involved while maintaining the Transparency because of models implemented replicating Private sector.

I guess its a high time that we have ignored the potential of agriculture sector. We need to corporatize agriculture sector to the level that all the farmers are benefitted out of it. This will withhold the farmers from selling their lands to the industrialist and holding their profession.

Keval Savla.

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Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby bhupendravarshney2009@gmail.com » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:16 am

In my suggestion
Govt should gives the new equipments for agricultural to farmers and provide the seeds of the grain at the lowest cost . Give free electricity and gas for equipments and destroy the role of mid person for giving the rise of grains.

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Re: Apart from the existing agricultural extension system, what alternatives are there to improve the flow of technology to farmers?

Postby buddha.ram@gmail.com » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:19 am

I would opine that we need to seriously look at the 'technology' that we want so much to 'flow'. What benefits does it promise? the most beneficial technologies are reaching the farmer (as consumer goods from china and mobiles phones from finland have shown) or the farmers are reaching for these themselves. the failure of the agri-extension agencies is that they have been made 'target' specific and put with resources at their disposal in resource limited areas. So they have become centres of power with limited control.

Much of the innovations that are developed and immediately beneficial to farmers are local and addressing time and region bound issues, they neither carry commercial viability beyond the region nor have scope for extension as a product. However they are extremely relevant to the region, so, decentralized hubs of innovative research that involves local farmer groups would be a great medium to reach the locally developed innovations. However, several such groups that already function end up getting subsumed under the institutional agenda or scheme specific agenda, these can instead be given a 'knowledge manifesto' and associated exchanges and activities that would make their role very clear in sharing ideas, solutions and joint research possibilities. Such institutions need not have resources, but, need to be honoured for what they do in the region and by the state and centre governments. Recognition would be a great incentive for such a medium to function.

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