National Knowledge Commission
हिन्दी বাংলা অসমীয়া অসমীয়া ಕನ್ನಡ
ارد و தமிழ் नेपाली মণিপুরী ଓଡ଼ିଆ ગુજરાતી

  Agriculture provides the principal means of livelihood for over 60% of India’s population. Despite a steady decline in its share of the GDP, it remains the largest economic sector in the country. Low and volatile growth rates and the recent escalation of agrarian crisis in several parts of the Indian countryside are a threat not only to national food security, but also to the economic well-being of the nation as a whole. NKC believes that appropriate application of knowledge in agriculture is essential to boost the agrarian economy and give the Indian farmer a competitive edge in the global market. However, despite the diverse mix of actors engaged in knowledge generation and application in agriculture, its realization and utilisation at the ground level remains poor. The scope of research and extension must be expanded beyond technology transfer to encompass a wide range of services relating to knowledge creation, exchange, access and use.

On 15th January 2007, NKC held a national level workshop on agricultural research and extension services, inviting practitioners, writer-activists, government officials, experts and researchers in the field. Following this workshop, a working group has been constituted in order to arrive at concrete proposals for reform in this area. The aim is to revamp and invigorate existing research and extension linkages in the public sector, as well formulate new paradigms keeping in mind the changing agricultural landscape.
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