Agro-Technology Transfer Programme –An Assessment
Any Technology Transfer Programme (TTP) Like Lab To Land Programme (LLP) Needs Time Appraisal For (I) Better Functioning, (Ii) Necessary Modification And (Iii) Assessing Its Impact. Keeping These Factors In View The Present Study Was Directed Towards Assessment Of The Impact Of LLP On Some Crucial Socio-Economic Indicators Of Development. With An Intensive Review Of Existing Literature, The Theoretical Framework Of The Study Was Built. A Good Number Of Standard Statistical Tools Were Used To Assess The Impact. The Study Covered The Farmers Who Associated With Crop Production Enterprise Of The First Phase Of LLP (1979-82) Of Visva-Bharati. Results Were Compared With A Matching Group Of Farmers Who Were Not Covered By This Programme By Employing "Before-After" Design Of Evaluation. The Results Of This Empirical Study Reveal That The Programme Has A Significant Positive Impact On The Aspect Of Cropping Pattern, Area Coverage Under Commercial Crops, Adoption And Subsequent Retention Of Improved Technologies Recommended Through LLP. However, The Programme Has Failed To Create Substantial Impact On The Important Dimension Of Change In Crop Yield. The Work Ends With Suggestions For Better Formulation Of Any Technology Transfer Programme Of Similar Nature.
Prof. Debabrata Das Gupta (b. 1943) graduated in Agriculture and M.Sc. (Agri.) in Agricultural Extension from University of Kalyani, West Bengal. He was awarded Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Extension by University of Kalyani in 1969. Prof. Das Gupta started his career as Lecturer in Agricultural Extension. Institute of Agriculture, Visva-Bharati in 1966. Since 1988 he has been serving in the same institute as Professof of Agricultural Extension. During the period 1992 and again between Janary 1995 and June 1997 he headed the Department of Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Statistics of Visva-Bharati. He also served as Adhyaksha (Dean) of the Institute of Agriculture, Visva-Bharati. He is presently holding highest academic post as Vice Chancellor of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya in West Bengal. Prof. Das Gupta has supervised the work of thirteen scholars who have been awarded Ph.D. Degree from different Universities. Presently he is guiding seven such scholars. He has completed a number of major research and extension projects sponsored by ICAR and Govt. of West Bengal. His fields of specialisation are Technology Transfer, Rural Development and Agricultural Communication. Dr. Sarthak Chowdhury (b. 1959) graduated in Agriculture and M.Sc. (Agri.) in Agricultural Extension from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal. He reveived Ph.D. degree from Visva-Bharati in 1988. His areas of specialisation are Technology Transfer and Agricultural Communication. Dr. Chowdhury was lecturer in the Department of Extension Education, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University from April 1989 to August 1997. Presently he is serving as Reader in Agricultural Extension of Visva-Bharati. Dr. Chowdhury who has a distinguished academic career, has several research publications to his credit, and is actively engaged in teaching, research and extension activities. He supervised the work of one Ph.D. scholar.
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