Reorienting Priorities of Extension and Advisory Services in India during and Post COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review


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Authors

  • Mahesh Chander IVRI
  • Prakashkumar Rathod Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary and A.H. Extension Education, Veterinary College, Bidar, Karnataka

Keywords:

Extension priorities, Extension and Advisory Services (EAS), Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Research-Extension Linkages, COVID-19 Pandemic

Abstract

Extension and Advisory Services (EAS) are delivered by millions of extension professionals representing the public, private and civil society located across the globe and have been helping in addressing farmers’ needs over the years, including during COVID-19 pandemic situation. However, public sector has been a major agency dealing with EAS in India and is facing several challenges and constraints to fulfil the demands of farmers on
timely basis. The challenge today is to change the organizational culture to incorporate innovation as a core value and to institutionalize the emerging paradigms. Further, different strategies and measures need to be taken to ensure timely and quality EAS by reorienting extension priorities in such emergency situations and later too. In this context, an effort to review the extension mechanism across India and also has focused on reorienting extension priorities post COVID-19 scenario. The study has highlighted on strengthening extension and feedback mechanism, improving research-extension linkages, capacity building, public-private partnership
(PPP), developing infrastructure, mass media support and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) etc. to improve the efficiency as the time demands. The paper concludes that reorienting extension
priorities is very essential with a vast network of various stakeholders by adapting effective approaches like utilization of social media, human resource development, PPP, farmer groups etc. during and post pandemic
scenario. Further, empirical efforts are also needed to develop reliable, location-specific, participatory, gender-sensitive and inexpensive extension methodologies and materials to meet the demands during such crisis.
Further, developing countries like India have to invest in terms of various resources like financial, human resource etc. for promoting higher productivity and sustainability through EAS.

Author Biographies

  • Mahesh Chander, IVRI
    Joint Director (Extension Education), ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh
  • Prakashkumar Rathod, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary and A.H. Extension Education, Veterinary College, Bidar, Karnataka
    Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary and A.H. Extension Education, Veterinary College, Bidar, Karnataka

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Submitted

07.11.2020

Published

07.11.2020

How to Cite

Reorienting Priorities of Extension and Advisory Services in India during and Post COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review. (2020). Indian Journal of Extension Education, 56(3), 1-9. https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/IJEE/article/view/106998

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