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

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

Postby rewritequran@gmail.com » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:54 am

Since farmers & agriculture labor are cultivating food grains for rest of us, Govt must pay monthly salaries to 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 nsddn@rediffmail.com » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:17 am

I reiterate below a broad framework to address the issues:


1. Identify a group of villages & organize them into clusters.

2. Create a target group of youths in each of these cluster of villages i.e sort of team with representation from the villages belonging to that cluster. Right choice of such youths is a critical success factor of any scheme. Those youths that are educated & have a passion for the upliftment of their villages should be involved. These teams would be more open to new technology & ways and also help passing on the information with enthusiasm to others in the villages. Also , they can potray a more realistic picture of ground realities & challenges. They can also act as a funnel to tap the traditional age-long wisdom from villagers for some of the challenges. Further, the can act as a sentinel to provide feedback/confirm to the top level as to what actual flow of resources happened down the hierarchy & thus consequently keep a check on how much leaked due to corruption in btween.
The normal existing governmental administrative setup is either marred by the red-tapism or not enthusiastic about ground level implementation & thus most of the schemes become ineffective.

3. Identify an area of challenge & technological answer to it.

4. Decide on the measurement tools/techniques to monitor progress .

5. Involve this group in generation & dissemination of technology down to ground level.

6. Monitor from time to time with periodical review to assess effcetiveness & refinement(if desired)
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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 ajaypgodbole@gmail.com » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:22 am

If we check the current technologies like Internet, Mobile which are still a luxury in many parts of India. We need to have technology which has reach like the Radio
If Farmers get exact weather forecast, they can plan there work accordingly
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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 shomad@sify.com » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:09 am

Highlight the best practices in agriculture in various agroclimatic zone through websites and soochna kendras. let the farmers visit these areas and follow these examples.

NGOs and Agricultural universities must hold capacity building programs for farmers to adopt newer and better technologies. funding for adopting these should be accessible.

How are banks in every area promoting and funding new technology--a database can be maintained to ensure maximum participation.
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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 iyer.vaidyanathan@gmail.com » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:35 pm

The channel of Postal networks can be effectively used to take technology real-time to the farmers. Instead of being Post offices, these centres can be ICT enabled to act as agricultural care centres.

1) Farmers can post queries via voice mail and get reply directly to their mobiles / Post office accounts via email in hindi/vernacular. A Social network of sorts where the experts from various agricultural universities in India get to log into the database of farmer voice mails/SMS received from all post offices and reply (voluntarily or for additional income) within a week.

2) Farmers could be registered with the local post office, where they can visit once a fortnight for any information and for price information/participating in price setting through the financial instruments.

3) The farmers could be incentivized for participation by channeling benefits like Kisan card through the Post office.

All information on new technologies/processes available can additionally be conveyed through graphic banners/posters in these centres.
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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 avimit3604@gmail.com » Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:25 pm

Nice to see many interested in farmers of India. But for many of you let me tell you something. Farmers are updated with most of the technologies and have access to information centres like KVK. But the reason for decreasing in interest is due to lack of effort versus benefit as every corporate does, Farmers aren't able to get even their living this makes them move out of agriculture. We can do all technology flow but provide them the basic price so that they can make a living out of agriculture through affordable ways.
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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 sss@sdlindia.com » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:35 am

• Each agricultural university, should have a cell which will provide agricultural information through SMS, e-mails or across the table to the farmers.
• Agricultural information on weather, seeds, market rates, solution to specific problems like pest and insects etc should be provided to the farmers free of cost.
• All agricultural universities should focus on the local conditions, crops that can grow in the region, all the problems related to the crops and new technologies. Options like cultivation of medicinal plant and potential buyers, market rate etc should also be informed for the farmers to consider medicinal plant as an alternate crop.
• There should be programs on TV on educating the farmer on improved irrigation systems, better seeds, conserving water, importance of medicinal plants their current status of supply and agro-technology for important medicinal plants and such topics of importance.
• Subsidies should be size based.
• Small farmers should be encouraged to pool their plots and cultivate on co-operative basis
• There should be incentive to adopt new technology.
• Villages in an area should be grouped together for periodic dissemination of important information in form of lectures and presentations by experts.
• Site visits to model farms and knowledge centers should be organised for such groups at subsidized rate.
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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 rohit.83@gmail.com » Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:31 pm

Agriculture receives lot boosts/subsidies and attention in our country due to the employment of the majority of the population in the farms but the major issue due to which most of the subsidies do not reach the right person is due to non-availability of proper land records with the government. While this might be a big exercise to carry out, its not possible to carry out the activity until proper land data is available with the government.

I would like to suggest carrying out a complete mapping of the country by using satellite imagery. This will be first step towards creation of land records in digital format. Putting up information about Govt. Land on these land records will enable govt. to know about the private land. Projecting data available with different agencies about ownership of the land on this map will lead to lot of information going digital. UID information can also be linked to the map which will enable the govt. to put population information in the public domain.

Having data in this format will arm the government with valuable information on the ways to give subsidies to the poor.

Hope the above is useful!

Regards,
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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 maks.raja@gmail.com » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:20 am

Government can propose a centralized "Agricultural Mechanistic solution" with center & state government and farmer cooperation to be the stake holders of it . the AMS must possess a centralized farming activity to be more specific with my argument the agriculture to be nationalized instead of giving the option to the farmers what to feed their land the government must setup a soil nutrient advisory bodies so that the application of fertilizers pesticides and other manures can be advocated . the soil nutrient advisory bodies under ICAR must be approached by each and every farmer before they buy seeds . the soil nutrient advisory bodies must advice about the nutrient condition of the farmland and there should be a strict regulation in application of fertilizers and pesticides . it should tender its advice regarding available crop rotation and prevent the land from being worn out.

the other important benefit of nationalizing the farming activity is the government can utilize the buffer stocks more effectively and instead of giving a blind growth in every 5 year plan it can make a precise growth needed as the country is more dependant on agriculture. government must create a autonomous body for the agriculture regulation :!:

encouraging the offspring of the farmers and more citizens to have good knowledge developed from the recognized universities of agriculture. the government must develop a man among them and train them with technical aspects of farming so that he or she can make a good move with the local farmers .. .. :)

there is a great disparity in availing the latest technologies in farm sector the northers states have benefited most than the southern states and lack of awareness among farmers is one of the greatest problem in southern states , i personally interacted with a farmer regarding KISAN CREDIT he was amazed to hear from me that government have made such facilities for farmers . most of the farmers abstain from such government policies saying it will be stringent process to access such facilities and we have to make money to entry and exit point for the loans. :cry:

since the farm sector incentives wittingly on unwittingly have to cross the corrupt hands the best way to make such incentives and technologies available for them is introducing social worker in panjayat level such social workers should be elected by people who performs well in local social activities ....

the term nationalization of farming can be taken in two ways one is exact nationalization as the way banks are made or the other way is to Organize farmers in the form of a common will ..
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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 maks.raja@gmail.com » Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:32 am

another thing i forget to add in my proposal is Subsidies meant for farming should be stopped if the farmer land is heavily polluted by fertilizer and becoming saline . subsidizing the fertilizer is one the greatest misery for the agri land since they use that in excess and it will be a burden for government in three ways 1. non usable agri land . 2. the main theme of subsidies are not met 3. more over government fund is wasted

so to over come this what i propose earlier the Agri Materialistic System and soil nutrient advisory bodies must take care of such problems to be addressed .
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