Prospects of Involving Grassroots Organizations in Agricultural Extension Program


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The function of extension is to transfer and nurture pool of knowledge within the rural industry. Thus extension embraces all those who contribute knowledge or transfer it to farmers. This paper sought to explore the prospects of involving grassroots organizations in agricultural extension program. Inductive and deductive reasoning through review of relevant literature was used in this paper. In terms of function, grassroots organizations in a community are expected to contribute their quota, be it moral, financial, physical, to the social progress and economic advancement of the community. Grassroots organizations have significant and tremendous roles to play in modern
extension operation that is farmer-centred. The promotion of a wide range of organizations at the grassroots level has gone a long way to link both rural and urban people with development activities. The paper concluded that involvement of grassroots organization in extension services no doubt, will enhance social acceptability of extension programs, greater confidence on the part of the rural organizations in extension workers and overall effectiveness in achieving the desired
goals of extension service.


The agricultural extension institutions and
organizations, operations and practices, systems
and approaches are entwined with complex
interrelationships within and without the context
of extension activities. The demonstration and
confirmation of these complex interrelationships
is established by [1], when he defined extension
as a comprehensive program of services
deliberately put in place for expanding,
strengthening and empowering capacity of the
present and prospective stakeholders. The
stakeholders are farmers, farm families and other
rural economic operators such as processors,
marketers, rural agro-industrialists, farm
managers and farm labour force. Other
stakeholders are farmers associations and
communities that are provided with essential
technical entrepreneurial, managerial and
communication skills that they need to succeed
in farming and farm related occupations. This is
possible through participatory stakeholder-ship
with researchers, policy makers, extension
practitioners, educators, agro-investors and
farmers themselves, to put in place a strong
program in favour of improved agricultural
production and farm investment environment.
It is clear from the above that modern extension
that is capable of enhancing sustainable
agricultural productivity and improved livelihood
of farmers must uphold this comprehensive
definition. This must operate on the principle of
decentralization where efforts are made to
ensure the people (farmers) have liberty to
manage their affairs and most importantly
become the key operator of extension works
rather than the government and its agents. It
then means that the top-down approaches to
extension works and other rural development
programs have no place in farmer-centred
extension strategy. Thus, extension policy must
legitimately recognize the potentials of local
leaders in rural community development and
partner with them in the overall effort to provide
innovative solutions to the hydra-headed nature
of problems in the rural areas. It therefore fall on
the ruralites to free themselves from the shackles
of underdevelopment with or without government
supports [2].


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