The programme aims to transform the practising agricultural inputs dealers into para-extension professionals thereby, strengthening the agricultural extension system
The Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers’ Programme was inaugurated at the NTI-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Washim, Maharashtra.
The Chief Guest, SM Totawar, Project Director, ATMA, Washim, Maharashtra emphasised the severe degradation of the soil health and problems of water, air and soil pollution in the present scenario. He urged for adopting poison-free farming practices. The importance of organic carbon and ways to improve soil health and enhance crop production were also highlighted by Totawar.
Delivering the inaugural address, the Guest of Honor, RM Ambenagare, Representative, Dr PDKV, Akola Agricultural Research Station, Washim, Maharashtra highlighted the role of the input dealers in the extension services. He also stressed the need for know-how for each input dealer while providing scientific advisory services to the farmers.
SK Deshmukh, Nodal Officer, NTI-KVK, Washim, Maharashtra underlined the background, methodology course content module and suggested creating good linkages with the Block Level Officials and KVK.
The programme aims to transform the practising agricultural inputs dealers into para-extension professionals thereby, strengthening the agricultural extension system. This will enable the inputs dealers to serve the farmers better.
A total of 40 agri-input dealers and extension staff members of ATMA attended the programme.