| Agricultural policy in India: need for a fresh look (1992) |
Training of farmers especially small and marginal farmers, women, rural youth, rural bankers, suppliers of production inputs and services, local officials, and politicians is necessary for agricultural development. Agricultural orientation at primary and secondary levels and organisation of vocational and technical training in agriculture and allied activities for intermediate level workers are necessary for catering to the technical manpower requirements of rural enterprises and institutions at the village and block levels.
Although most agricultural and rural development programmes provide for the training of their beneficiaries and functionaries at all levels, the trainers, the training curricula, materials, and facilities available are not upto the desired mark and, therefore, there is a need for improvements in all these aspects of training. The training curricula and materials used for bank officers and government officers also need to be improved. So far, not much attention has been given to the training of politicians in agricultural and rural development. Properly trained and oriented, motivated, and well-informed politicians can be of great help in promoting the cause of agricultural and rural development and the opposite of it can be a great obstacle to rural development. There is a need to develop appropriate curricula and facilities for training of politicians at all levels. It would be worthwhile to seek the assistance of professional rural development trainers to design appropriate curricula and develop appropriate training materials for the various categories of government functionaries, bankers and politicians. In many cases, training of trainers would also be necessary.