UNDERSTANDING FARMER LED INNOVATIONS FOR PROFITABLE FARMING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Journal of Extension System
Year: 2019 (Dec), Volume: (35), Issue. (2)
First page: (09) Last page: (24)
Online ISSN: 2582-273X
Print ISSN: 0970-2989
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UNDERSTANDING FARMER LED INNOVATIONS FOR PROFITABLE FARMING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Manjeet Singh Nain1, Rashmi Singh2, J.R. Mishra3

Division of Agril Extension, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi-110012

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ABSTRACT

Farmer-led innovations are evolving under specific agro-climatic  and socio-economic conditions and such innovations should be widely  adopted and sustained. The farmers identified a number of traditional  crops and developed varieties with enhanced productivity and better  quality through selection. Farmers also developed low cost processing  technologies for value addition, increased shelf-life, and better  marketability of various farm products. In addition, a number of farm  implements and tools were also designed and manufactured by the  farmers to increase operational efficiency and productivity. Women  farmers have equally contributed in germplasm conservation and  postharvest and value addition enhancing the farm income. The identity of  farmer innovators as those who have developed or are testing new ways of  land husbandry that combine production with conservation is well  established. Such innovations may be simple or sophisticated structural  designs in the integrated production systems. The innovation may be an  on-going experiment, or already proven and effective. As such, farmers’  innovation is a practice started and later improved by a farmer on her/his  own initiative (problem oriented), without any external influence. Indian  farmers are continuously improving available technologies for more  efficient and cost effective farming over the generations. Promotion of  farmers’ innovations is also a priority agenda item of the government in the  form of various programmes

Keywords

Farmer led innovations, social networking, Entrepreneurship development, convergence, Income generation