Joint Secretary (Extension), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Samuel Praveen Kumar, stressed the need to reorient the research in agri extension towards national priorities and focus on applied research to address farmers’ challenges. He was speaking at the 3rd MANAGE Agricultural Extension Award – 2022 ceremony in Hyderabad on Tuesday. He presented the awards to the winners at National Institute for Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE).
MANAGE gave awards to Best Post-Graduate Thesis, Best PhD. Thesis and Best Books in agricultural extension. In each category, first, second and third prizes were given to three post-graduate students, three PhD scholars and 21 authors of books.
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Speaking at the occasion, Dr. P. Chandra Shekara, Director General, MANAGE said that the selection of research topics in agri extension should deal with field-level problems and research should find solutions to those problems. He assured that MANAGE Awards would motivate many students, researchers and academia to produce high-quality and relevant theses and books on the agricultural extension which address field-level agricultural challenges.
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For the Awards-2022, MANAGE received 46 Post-Graduation theses, 43 PhD theses and 30 Books from all over the country. A jury consisting of 27 eminent subject experts in the country evaluated the thesis and books on the predetermined criteria. The award-winning thesis deal with current and field-level issues such as natural farming practices, direct benefit transfer to farmers, farming YouTubers, marketing in vegetables, social ecology of conservation agriculture, and ecological services. The award-winning books cover agricultural and animal husbandry extension, entrepreneurship development and pig farming.