Training Needs of Agro-input Dealers in South 24 Parganas District of West Bengal by A.K. Singh, H. K. De, P.P. Pal.
Agro-input dealers play a very useful role in agricultural production system. They contribute towards strengthening the Agricultural Extension System by providing valuable service to farming community. It is essential that they are equipped with latest know how through refresher training. The present study was conducted during 2013-14 South 24 district of West Bengal ascertain training needs agro-input retailers. Data collected personal interview 66 retailers using structured schedule. Respondents were found be highly educated three fourths them having senior secondary and graduate degrees. Around 51 percent respondents mobilized their own resources for business only 29 per cent sought bank credit. Identification different pest pesticides emerged as most needed area followed diagnostics. Among crop specific need, vegetable crops ranked first rice. Training computer its application another preferred area. Lack capital, lack need based training, seasonality pesticide some constraints identified south Paraganas.
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