ANALYZING FACTORS HAMPERING THE INTERACTION AMONG THE SYSTEM ACTORS (EXTENSION-RESEARCH-FARMER) IN BALOCHISTAN: BRIDGING LINKS COMPENDIUM
Keywords:Balochistan, extnsion, link, system actors
Present research sought to focus on the link among the system actors (extension-research-farming communities) in Balochistan province of Pakistan, in order to identify the limiting factors within agricultural extension system. In this regard, the Quetta district was purposively selected. A descriptive type of survey was utilized. Systematic sampling method was used in selection of one hundred (100) farmers and Extension Field Staff (EFS) as the sample for the present study. The findings revealed that links among extension, research and farmers were all but nonexistent. In this regard some informal contacts exist on the basis of discussions at various meetings and field days. However, these were mostly unplanned, un-structured and conducted entirely on an adhoc basis. They did not constitute an effective mechanism for dialogue and proper planning and review processes. The results further showed that linkages among extension, research and farmers were highly limited throughout most of the province. Based on achieved results the study recommended the bridging of the gap between potential and actual farm productivity on priority basis through the effective links among system actors (extension-research-farmer). Dissemination of improved crop production technologies should be propagated through field demonstration, effective home/farm visits, individual’s/groups discussion, farmer’s trainings and facilitating provision of inputs. Farmers-oriented, skill enhancement, need based, effective extension advisory services and progressive initiatives should be taken at all level in order to bridge gap among system actors.