Last Updated: 09 August 2016
- Conceptualization of national demonstration project; system of single window delivery of services; development of seed village and farmer-to-farmer seed exchange system and rural social centre for cooperative societies.
- Identification of stages of need and deliberation in adoption decision process in addition to conventional five stages of awareness, interest, evaluation, trial and adoption.
- Standardization of various psychological scales of measurement including the famous socio-economic status and risk orientation constructs.
- Development of fourteen training modules on managerial skills for enhancing effectiveness of extension professionals and organizations.
- Identification of appropriate extension methods, communication system and media mix for credible dissemination of information and technology. Findings that non-institutional sources are more important at initial stages of adoption, while institutional information sources are more important at later stages of adoption have been highly beneficial for devising extension strategies.
- Development of expert system of extension for strengthening computer-aided information services related to crop management for farmers and other end users.
- Socio-economic assessment of Bt cotton cultivation in India
- Action research on dynamics of gender empowerment; group behaviour and mobilization of farmers and farm women; development and functioning of SHGs; assessment and promotion of ergonomically designed drudgery reducing technologies; adoption of viable income generating farm & non-farm based enterprises; and farming system development.
- Through action research, entrepreneurship development modules were developed for rural youth to enhance the employment and income generation opportunities and usher in social-economic stability and prosperity in rural areas.
- Validation of indigenous technological knowledge was carried out through farmer participatory on-farm experimentation and criteria based ranking technique, which empowered farmers for grassroots experimentation, creativity and valuing local wisdom.
- Through conduction of series of training programmes for master trainers, the Division contributed immensely towards capacity building of extension professionals.
- Researches taken up in the new areas like scientific productivity and creativity; organizational climate; socio-economic assessment of Tawa and Narmada Sagar dams and modern farm technologies; evaluation of extension systems; simulation of adoption behaviour; media research; evaluation and impact of development programmes (ATMA, Watershed, NREGA); axiomatic theory building; ICT application for development; rural livelihood security; gender empowerment; risk, perception and adaptation related to climate change; have broadened the horizon of extension research and scaled up the methodologies.
- National extension programme for networking and sharing of strengths in agricultural technologies with state agricultural universities has led to significant impact in wider diffusion of proven technologies and problem solving.
- IARI - Civil organizations partnership based extension has resulted in wider assessment, dissemination and upscaling of viable technologies at a speedy rate.
- IARI - Post office linked extension has proven time and cost-effective mechanism for dissemination of improved seeds and cultivation practices among farmers.
- Cyber extension has led to information accessibility and informed decision making among farmers.