Punjab Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) organized a training programme on “Participatory Extension Approaches” for extension officers of State Agriculture & Allied Departments and ATMA staff from 17-20 April, 2018 at Ludhiana. Programme was attended by 22 participants.
Ms Bharti Madan, Deputy Director, PAMETI explained that programme is meant to train officials in different participatory methods/ approaches so that they can involve more and more number of beneficiaries i.e. farmers in the developmental programmes. This would help in identifying their “real” needs & problems and solutions could be planned accordingly. She said that training is designed to include practical sessions/exercises along with knowledge sharing through discussions.
Earlier, Dr H S Dhaliwal, Director PAMETI while inaugurating the training programme said that participation means people’s involvement in decision making processes. Farmers’ participation is required for development in planning the programs, implementing them, sharing the benefits and in evaluating such programs.
Various subject experts from PAU explained the different aspects related to Participatory Extension. Sessions on topics like Market Led Extension, Role of ICTs in Participatory Extension, Public Private Partnerships in Extension were also organized. Trainees took part in activities/exercises organized during the programme for hands on experience in using different participatory techniques. An exposure visit to village Sirah, Rahon Road, Ludhiana was organized where trainees visited Mushroom Farm and made a social map of the village.
Programme concluded with the feedback from the participants. Trainees learned that participatory bottom up approach increases social cohesion, makes development easier and effective.