Face to Face
Abhinav Farmers’ Club, India
"Abhinav Farmers Club" has been promoting modern farming practices for more than a decade and is an exemplary model of what farmers could achieve by blending technical and institutional change.Mr Subhash Ranadive recently interviewed Shri Dnyaneshwar Bodke, the man behind this initiative to understand the evolution of this organisation and the reasons behind its success.
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Any practice which is replicated elsewhere and experience horizontal expansion makes it one good practice. This is what we see in modern farming practices promoted by Abhinav Farmers Club. It is quite appreciable model and thanks to Mr Subhash Ranadive & Shri Dnyaneshwar Bodke for sharing the evolution of Abhinav Farmers Club and the reasons behind its success. Farmers need problem solving advice at their fields. These are important observation that we extension professionals must keep note of as take aways form this FtF:1. Extension needs to be farmer centric, wherein, 80% of the trainings should be practical oriented, 2. Farmer schools should be established at farmer fields only, 3. Marketing should be an important component of extension; the focus should be on enhancing income through production and marketing. We agree that the farmers generally have very little say in how extension is organized currently. The efforts are being made here and there to accommodate farmers in advisory boards and committees , but we also know who are these farmers in most of the cases. The genuine farmers with proven track record of farming and community engagement must be included in these bodies. Congratulations for an excellent FtoF after a very long time, especially when reflects on field experience of the genuine farmers.
Excellent report on the interview with Abhinav Farmers Club. The success is the result of strong urge to prosper, use of modern technology and institutional innovation. Government instead of physically involving in conventional extension activities, has to use several such agencies for transformation. They can arrange training, finance, insurance, markets besides good roads, rural storage, grading etc. which are the usual bottlenecks such agencies face as clearly depicted during the interview. We have no dearth of models, success stories, pilots, experiments, experiences but no follow ups, consolidation, up-scaling and value addition initiatives