Increasing Self-Esteem to Attract and Retain Farmers in Agriculture Profession
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Keywords:Agriculture, Brand, KVK, Model, Perception, Self-esteem
Besides income, prestige also plays a major role in selection of profession. Lowering of selfesteemÂ is perceived as one of the major setbacks for reducing attraction towards farming by the current generation. Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Deogarh, Odisha developed a strategy andÂ worked upon it during 2018-19 and 2019-20 to increase the social status of farmers by increasing their human values. The selected farmers were branded as experts in certain fields before a public gathering. Their role and success story was highlighted through different mass media. The effect of such action was observed and recorded. The branded farmers felt their increased social status after branding by KVK. These young farmers served as a mediumÂ for technology transfer in their locality. Increasing of self-esteem was perceived as theÂ greatest effect of branding by the farmers. The studied farmers were of the opinion that evenÂ after recognized by government, they had the least opportunity to easily avail governmentÂ schemes. This novel approach was found a successful step towards encouraging farmers, rural agripreneurs as well as transfer of farm technologies. The model can be replicated
successfully in agriculture and other such areas for a wholesomeÂ development.
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