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The Neglected Agricultural Extension and Failure Of Agricultural Development Programmes In Pakistan

In Pakistan there are many research stations (government & Private) where the agricultural scientists are working for the development of agricultural e.g NARC, AARI, NIBGI, NAYAB, CCRI, etc etc but the main problem in the country is that the research is bounded within the four walls of the research stations and there is lack of extension facilities who takes the research knowledge to the end users.

Extension programs were originally conceived as a service to “extend” research-based knowledge to the rural sector in order to improve the lives of farmers. Extension thus included components of technology transfer, broader rural development goals, management skills, and non-formal education. The traditional view of extension in developing countries was very much focused on increasing production, improving yields, training farmers, and transferring technology. Today’s role of extension worker changes to facilitation, beyond training to learning, and includes helping farmers form groups, deal with marketing issues, and partner with a broad range of service providers and other agencies. Agricultural extension can thus be defined as the entire set of organizations that support people engaged in agricultural production and facilitate their efforts to solve problems; link to markets and other players in the agricultural value chain; and obtain information, skills, and technologies to improve their livelihoods.

The Agricultural Extension department is the ignored department in Pakistan. There is need to strengthen and focus on this department so the agricultural knowledge come out from the research stations and reach to the end users.

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