ROLE OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AGENTS IN TRANSFER OF ONION PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY IN DISTRICT SWAT

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MUHAMMAD ZAFARULLAH KHAN
LAILA KHURSHID
UROOBA PARVEZ
AYESHA KHAN
ASIF NAWAZ

Abstract

The present study was conducted to examine the role of agricultural extension agents in transfer of onion production technology in district Swat. The study was conducted in three villages of Tehsil Matta i.e. Baghderai, Drushkhela and Ashare. The samples of 120 respondents were selected through proportional allocation method from the sampled villages. Primary data was collected through pre-tested interview schedule. Regarding education, the illiterate farmers were 27%, while in the category of literate farmers 63% were reported. The farm size in study area was measured in acre and 27% were those having 1-5 and 6-10 acre of land holding. The results showed that 39% farmers were those who cultivate onion crop on 1-3 acre, followed by 27% who cultivate it on 4-6 acres. In the study area, only 40% respondents were aware of agricultural extension department and 60% were unaware and had no knowledge about agricultural extension department. Source of knowledge about extension department were reported by 27% respondents through the visit of extension agent, 29% were informed through media and 44% were aware due to fellow farmers about extension department. Overwhelming majority of the respondents (82%) did not visit extension office for assistance and 18% respondents replied that they visited extension office for assistance. It was concluded that main source of knowledge and awareness about onion crop of majority of farmers were ancestral, relatives and fellow farmers. It is recommended that agricultural extension department may bind their staff for regular visits to fields. Agriculture extension department may coordinate and negotiate problems and needs of farmers with other line departments

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MUHAMMAD ZAFARULLAH KHAN, LAILA KHURSHID, UROOBA PARVEZ, AYESHA KHAN, & ASIF NAWAZ. (2017). ROLE OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AGENTS IN TRANSFER OF ONION PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY IN DISTRICT SWAT . International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Research, 3(1), 158-164. Retrieved from https://ijaaer.com/ojs/index.php/ijaaer/article/view/84
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Agricultural Sciences
Author Biographies

MUHAMMAD ZAFARULLAH KHAN

Department of Agricultural Extension Education and Communication, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar.

LAILA KHURSHID

Department of Agricultural Extension Education and Communication, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar. 

UROOBA PARVEZ

Department of Agricultural Extension Education and Communication, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar. 

AYESHA KHAN

Department of Agricultural Extension Education and Communication, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar. 

ASIF NAWAZ

Department of Agricultural Extension Education and Communication, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar.