A one-year diploma course in agriculture extension for input dealers (DAESI) programme was inaugurated recently under the joint auspices of Krushi Viswavidyalaya, Bengaluru, ICAR JSS Krushi Vignana Kendra, Suttur, College of Horticulture, Mysuru and Department of Agriculture, Mysuru.
In his introductory address, Dr G R Pennobballi Swamy, nodal officer, DAESI committee, South, Krushi Viswavidyalayam Bengaluru, said the farmers obtain technical information from the progressive farmers and agriculture input dealers, according to a survey conducted. There are 2.82 lakh agriculture input dealers in the country, but 95 per cent of the farmers lack appropriate technical knowledge, he added.
Dr Swamy said that the government has launched the one-year diploma course in Agriculture Extension for Input Dealers (DAESI) for the benefit of the farmers in the state.
Dr H Shivanna, Vice Chancellor of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, said 65 per cent of technical information has not reached the farmers through the Department of Agriculture and officials of the agriculture marketing department. If this trend continues, the production of food for the growing population may get affected in 2050, he opined and added that lack of information on proper utilization of fertilizers is affecting water, land and environment.
“At present, the farmers have only 40 per cent knowledge on technical aspects and it is crucial to increase their knowledge to 60-70 per cent,” pointed out Dr Shivanna. “The DAESI programme aims to enhance the farmers’ knowledge to enhance farm production.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dr K Jagadish, director (marketing) and marketing committee (South), University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, said the DAESI programme comprises 48 classes and eight study tours for the benefit of farmers.
He said around 800 candidates have registered for the course and most of them were youth. On completion of the course the candidates will be issued certificates which will entitle them to secure loans from the banks and get clearance for their new projects, he added.”
Somashekar, deputy director, department of agriculture, Mysuru, and C N Keshava Prakash, president, Mysuru-Chamarajanagar seed fertilizers and chemical distributors’ association, also spoke on the occasion.
Padma Bhushan Dr M Mahadevappa presided. Dr Arun Balamatti, senior scientist, ICAR JSS Krushi Vignana Kendra, Suttur and K J Maheshwar were present.