Reforming India's Pluralistic Extension System: Some Policy Issues

37 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2013

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Krishna M. Singh

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Burton Swanson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

M. Meena

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

Date Written: August 7, 2013

Abstract

The agricultural sector in India has been successful in keeping pace with the rising food demand of a growing population. Rapid agricultural growth continues to be the key to poverty alleviation and overall economic development. The changing economic scenario in India and the need for appropriate agricultural technologies and agro-management practices to respond to food and nutritional security, poverty alleviation, diversifying market demands, export opportunities and environmental concerns is posing new challenges to technology dissemination systems. Public extension by itself can no longer respond to the multifarious demands of farming systems. There is need to reevaluate the capacity of agricultural extension to effectively address the contemporary and future needs of the farming community. Public funding for sustaining the vast extension infrastructure is also under considerable strain. Meanwhile in response to market demand, the existing public extension network is inexorably being complemented, supplemented and even replaced by private extension. As the nature and scope of agricultural extension undergoes fundamental changes, India looks for a whole new policy mix that nurtures the pluralistic extension system in India. The current study tries to analyse in-depth the various issues of pluralistic extension system in India and the policy reforms carried out to address them.

Keywords: Extension Reforms, Pluralistic Extension System, India, Policy Issues, ATMA Model, Market-Led Extension

JEL Classification: O2, O21, O31, O32, O33, O38, Q16, Q18

Suggested Citation

Singh, Krishna M. and Swanson, Burton and Meena, M., Reforming India's Pluralistic Extension System: Some Policy Issues (August 7, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2306980 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2306980

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Burton Swanson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences ( email )

Champaign, IL 61820
United States

M. Meena

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) ( email )

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Bangalore
India

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