Participatory Rural Appraisal: A Holistic Approach for Getting Insight intoPerformance of Village Resource Centres (VRCs) in

Shamna. A, K. Narayana Gowda and N.S. Shivalinge Gowda


Indian Space Research Organisation has taken the initiative of establishing Village Resource Centres(VRCs) throughout the country. Through this two way audio video interactive mode, farmers from remote areas can interact directly with the experts. The present study was conducted to analyse the performance of VRCs on farming activities in Karnataka state where maximum number of VRCs exists. The results indicated a higher performance. Case studies conducted also revealed that the programmes on farming activities given through the Expert Centre at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore were of great help to farmers of Karnataka state. From the advantages mentioned by the farmers, it is clear that interactive video conferencing through VRC can undoubtedly reach the farmers effectively and efficiently without any distortion of message. Technology transfer to farmers through this modern method of communication can empower the rural farmers in developing countries, enhance ecological and livelihood security and accelerate human development and quality of life

Keyword: Village Resource Centre; Expert Centre; Communication; Video conference;

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