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Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, ISSN: 2320-7027,Vol.: 26, Issue.: 4

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WhatsApp Model for Farmer Led Extension: Linking Actors and Generating Localized Information for Farmers

 

Devesh Thakur1*, Mahesh Chander2 and Viveka Katoch3

1Department of Veterinary and AH Extension Education, CSKHPKV, Palampur, India.

2Division of Extension Education, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, India.

3Department of Vegetable Science and Floriculture, CSKHPKV, Palampur, India.

Article Information

Editor(s):

(1) Roxana Plesa, University of Petrosani, Romania.

Reviewers:

(1) Vilani Sachitra, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

(2) Ezekia Svotwa, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe.

(3) Smita Vashishta, Dev  Sanskriti Vishwavidalaya Haridwar, India.

Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/25833

Abstracts

Aims: This study aimed to explore the potential of using WhatsApp to enhance farm advisory services.

Study Design: Quasi-experimental design.

Place and Duration of the Study: The study was conducted in 8 districts of the State of Himachal Pradesh India, June 2016-December 2016.

Methodology: An experimental WhatsApp group involving 96 farmers was created across eight districts of Himachal Pradesh, India. The posting of messages and queries were examined for six months. Different types of farmer queries were responded with the support of subject matter specialists across various relevant agro enterprises.

Results: Over six month period, 442 posts were shared by farmers in the WhatsApp group. Of these, 34.16 percent of posts pertained to the queries on agricultural problems faced by the respondents. This was followed by real life photos (20.59%), greetings (12.44%), irrelevant posts (7.47%). A total of 61 queries related to problems in crops and vegetables, 62 in animal husbandry, 19 in horticulture and 6 in floriculture were referred for advice through WhatsApp.

Conclusion: WhatsApp is an effective tool for real time farm advice and can serve as an important platform for sharing need based and demand driven farm extension information across the various farming enterprise.

Keywords :

WhatsApp model; farmers led extension; agricultural queries; experimental evidence.

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DOI : 10.9734/AJAEES/2018/43582

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