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Farm Advisory Services
The Directorate of Extension Education, during the period under reference (2001-03) ventured into a number of activities, in line with the areas stated earlier, while defining the role being played for reaching out to intended clientele. A brief account of progress made out of such activities are listed out under following categories

Farm Advisory Services

The Viswavidyalaya is considered to be a credible source of information by the farming population. One of the biggest constraints for the farmers to carry out their farm related activities has always been their lack of access to reliable source of information, concerning scientific farming practices. The Directorate attempted to meet the requirements of the farmers for genuine and effective technical advice through a number of activities, categorized under Farm Advisory Services. An attempt is made to present the progress made in this direction in respect of such specific activities.

A. Technical Advisory Service

 

Sl. No.

Nature of  Technical advisory services extended

Periodicity

Means of service & No. of farmers

Personal visit

Through letters

Telephone help line

2001

2002

2001

2002

2001

2002

1.

Husbandry related different aspects of field crops, commercial field crops, vegetables, fruits, flowers, medicinal and aromatic plants

As and when the advice is sought

246

436

97

175

38

87

2.

Agrometeorological forecasting vis-à-vis agricultural advisory services for corrective actions

Once in a week

Brought to the notice of the farmers of concerned district through Akashvani and also circulation of printed leaflets in the villages covered under the Extension centers of the Directorate

B. Farmer – Scientists Interface
The farmer — scientist interface programmes arc arranged for providing required technical advice to the farmers. The programmes were mostly as in situ but sometimes had also been arranged as institution based, depending on the subject matter. The details of the subject matter discussed as well as the number of farmers attending the programmes are provided below. During the reporting period, 287 farmers attended such interface sessions, which were attended by 54 scientists.

Subject matter & Attendance in Farmers-Scientists Interface

Year

Subject Matter Discussed

Place

No. of Scientists
Attended

No. of
Farmers
Attended

2001-02

Diversification of Agriculture in the context of economic liberalisation

DEE, BCKV

15

21

Improved Banana Production Techniques

Bansbona,

Nadia

5

60

Objectives and Functions of ATIC

DEE, BCKV

12

30

Hybrid Rice Production Technology

Panchkahania,

Nadia

8

40

Total

40

151

2002-03

Improved Cultivation of Capsularies Jute Varieties, Bidhan Pat-I & Pat-II developed by BCKV

Naricha,

Hooghly

2

25

Improved Vegetables Production Technology

Ghosalia,

Hooghly

6

60

Sweet Potato Production as a new crop in cropping sequence           

Panchkahania,

Nadia

42

24

Diversification of Agriculture with special reference to Papaya. Guava and Citrus cultivation

Ghoragacha,

Nadia

2

52

Total

14

136

Grand Total

54

287

C. AgrIcultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC)

The Agricultural Technology information Centre scheme has been Launched by ICAR with an intention of establishing a single window system to the farmers and other stakeholders for solutions to their location specific problems and make available all the technological information along with technology inputs arid products for testing as well as use them at their level. The ATIC in the Viswavidyalaya is yet to become fully operational, activities at skeleton scale have already been initiated during the period under reporting. The folio wing tables provide an account of achievements in respect of various services extended through ATIC. Various services extended through ATIC, ranges from offering the benefit of diagnostic services, sale of technological inputs among farmers, supply / sale of farm publications and organizing farmers’ visit to various units as per interests of the farmers etc.

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