University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, has launched the Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI) course. The course is offered at nine colleges that fall under the university across Hyderabad Karnataka region, including two on the main campus here.
Addressing the inaugural event at the auditorium of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, P.M. Salimath, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said that the course would help create skilled manpower to fill the widening gap between agriculture extension and agriculture research. “The area of agriculture extension is suffering with lack of skilled manpower while the area of agricultural research is doing fairly well. Creation of skilled workforce in the field of extension would facilitate quick transfer of advanced technologies to the farming community,” he said.
Kurma Rao, Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat, who inaugurated the event, said, “Farming sector has seen a sea change over the last couple of decades. Traditional crops have rapidly been replaced by newer crop verities that are resilient to climatic change and resistant to pests as well as being high yielding. Even traditional farming methods are also replaced by modern methods that have incorporated advanced technologies.
“The process could be even faster provided the knowledge about newer technologies is quickly imparted to the farming community. The course would help this happen.”
S.K. Meti, Director of Extension, said that the spread of knowledge about agricultural technologies could be more effective only when dealers of farm inputs too join hands with the agricultural universities in the task of knowledge dissemination among the farming community.
Kiran Kumar, Joint Director of Agriculture, Pramod Katti, Nodal Officer for DAESI Programme, Amaresh Y.S., and Programme Coordinator, home scientist M.R. Kammar were present.
Source : The Hindu