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Agri Express

ISSN Approved Journal No. 2584-2498(Online)

ISI Indexed Journal (Impact Factor)

Privatization of Agricultural Extension in India

Abstract: The article” privatisation of agricultural extension in India” represents a significant shift from traditional government-led initiatives to a more market-oriented approach. This transition aims to address the limitations of public extension services, such as inadequate coverage, limited resources, and inefficiencies. Private sector involvement brings new opportunities for innovation, efficiency, and improved farmer access to technology and information. Companies, NGOs, and farmer-led initiatives are emerging as key players in providing customized services that meet the diverse needs of Indian farmers. These services include crop advisories, input supply, market linkages, and financial products, often leveraging digital platforms for wider reach and impact. However, the shift to privatisation also poses several challenges. There are concerns about equity and access, as small and marginal farmers may be unable to afford private services. Additionally, the profit-driven motives of private entities might prioritize high-value crops and regions, potentially exacerbating regional disparities and neglecting subsistence agriculture. Regulatory frameworks need to evolve to ensure quality, accountability, and inclusivity in private extension services. The success of privatisation in agricultural extension in India will depend on creating synergistic partnerships between the public and private sectors. Public policy must ensure that privatisation complements and enhances the existing extension infrastructure rather than replacing it. By addressing the challenges and leveraging the strengths of both sectors, India can create a robust extension system that promotes sustainable agricultural growth and ensures food security for its population.

Keywords: Commercialization, Privatization, Private extension ,Public extension

Author: Nitish kumar , Twinkle Gardia and Nikhil Tiwari Shreedutt

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