Journal of Applied and Natural Science 6 (2): 659-653 (2014)
Preference of farmers towards private and public extension services.
Jasvinder Kaur*, Joginder S. Malik, P. S. Shehrawat, Sushila Dahiyaa andQuadri
Javeed Ahmed Peer1
Department of Extension Education, aDepartment of Sociology, CS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125
004 (Haryana), INDIA
1Division of Extension Education, FOA, Wadura, Sher - E - Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and
Technology of Kashmir-193 201 ( J&K), INDIA
*Corresponding author e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract : The main purpose of this study was to know the preference of farmers for different services provided by
private and public extension agencies. In recent times involvement of private extension agencies has been
increased in agricultural sector and up to some extent it has sidelined the public extension agencies, but public
extension agencies have potential to do better and to reach farmers at their best. In view of this, present study was
undertaken to find out the farmers’ preference towards public and private extension services in Ambala,
Kurukshetra, Karnal, Hisar and Fatehabad districts of Haryana state. From each district two blocks were selected
randomly and from each block two villages were selected. A manageable size of 10 farmers was selected from each
village thus making total sample size of 200 farmers. Various aspects related to agricultural services provided by
both public and private agencies were identified and response were obtained by putting a tick mark as per farmers’
preference for private and public agencies. On the basis of statistical tools like rank and mean score, results showed
that farmers had great preference for ‘Input supply’ in private extension as compared to public
extension followed by ‘Infrastructure facilities’. While for ‘Consultancy and diagnosis services’,
‘Information’ and ‘Technical services’, public extension was preferred as over the private extension.
Keywords : Agricultural services, Preference, Private extension, Public extension.