Accomplishments

  1. 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.
  2. Identification of stages of need and deliberation in adoption decision process in addition to conventional five stages of awareness, interest, evaluation, trial and adoption.
  3. Standardization of various psychological scales of measurement including the famous socio-economic status and risk orientation constructs.
  4. Development of fourteen training modules on managerial skills for enhancing effectiveness of extension professionals and organizations.
  5. 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.
  6. Development of expert system of extension  for strengthening computer-aided information services related to crop management for farmers and other end users.
  7. Socio-economic assessment of Bt cotton cultivation in India
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Through conduction of series of training programmes for master trainers, the Division contributed immensely towards capacity building of extension professionals.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. IARI - Civil organizations partnership based extension has resulted in wider assessment, dissemination and upscaling of viable technologies at a speedy rate.
  15. IARI - Post office linked extension has proven time and cost-effective mechanism for dissemination of improved seeds and cultivation practices among farmers.
  16. Cyber extension has led to information accessibility and informed decision making among farmers.