Farmers Field School – A Sustainable Approach in Technology Transfer and Skill Development of Livestock Farmers

Akila, N. and N. Bharathi

Abstract


Farmers’ field school (FFS) is a season long training programme to impart training to the farmers generally for
three months or till the results achieved. FFSs on livestock farming in Karur district under National Livestock
Mission was conducted with the objective of diffuse field oriented technologies that result successful and profitable
farming. Six Farmer Field Schools on dairy farming, sheep & goat farming, poultry farming, fodder cultivation,
value addition in milk and farm waste utilization were selected, three schools on need basis in each block was
conducted and totally 24 programmes in eight blocks were conducted in one year (2015 – 16). In each block, the
Selection of 25 interested farmers / School and totally 75 farmers / block were selected based on the livestock
species owned and the scope for processing and marketing. So in total for eight blocks 600 farmers and farm women
were selected to conduct 24 Farmers Field School. Pre evaluation of trainees was conducted by preliminary survey,
Blood, dung, urine and water samples analysis. To overcome the major constraints viz., disease outbreak, disorders
in livestock and poultry, low milk yield/body weight, high cost of feed and fodder, delayed calving interval and kid
mortality ranked by the farmers, suitable package of practices were imparted to the trainees at their field and the
results are indicated that the overall adoption behaviour of the farmers showed that majority of them were partial
adopters (61.29 per cent) followed by high adopters (22 per cent) and low adopters (16.71 per cent).

Keywords


National Livestock Mission; FFS; Livestock farming; Adoption

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