Field Experience Training: Pragmatic Multidisciplinary Approach for Developing Comprehensive Village Development Action Plan

K.N. Ravi, Bharat S. Sontaki Philanim Wungmarong Shimray, Shekh Mukhtar Mansuri, Shilpi Verma, T. M. Kiran Kumar

Abstract


India is primarily an agrarian society. Indian villages and villagers largely depend on agriculture for livelihoods.
The progress of agrarian society is crucial for sustainable development of the countries like India. Advances in
agricultural research and development are the key to attain this. In this realm, proper identification and prioritization
of farming-related and farmer-related problems is crucial for developing interventions in participatory mode.
There are multiple approaches and methods for participatory problem identification and analysis. One such reliable
and widely adopted approach is Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). In this context, Field Experience Training
(FET) is an opportunity for newly recruited agricultural scientists to explore the field-level real agricultural
problems. A study carried out by a multidisciplinary team of newly recruited scientists under expert guidance using
PRA methodology revealed the existing problems in the villages including severe ground water depletion, existence
of problematic soil, in-effective utilisation of existing village and farm resources, crop and animal production and
marketing issues faced by farming community. Based on assessment of existing situation the multidisciplinary team
developed comprehensive village development action plan to provide a unique database and blueprint for local
developmental departments and researchers to act on existing problems for betterment of farming communities and
thereby village development.

Keywords


Field experience training; Village development action plan; Multidisciplinary approach; PRA

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