Agriculture Extension Wing

 

Main Function

Agriculture Extension Services Sindh has responsibility to advise / educate growers / farmers in modern crop production practices and technologies, so as to increase over all farm production and improves yield per unit area. To achieve the goal, the Agriculture Extension Worker are performing their duties to disseminate the timely seasonal information amongst the growers for cultural practices; proper seed requirement, timely sowing, balanced and efficient use of fertilizer, efficient/judicious use of irrigation water, pesticide use, effective crop management, harvesting, threshing and storage / marketing etc.
   
To disseminate the information concerning to growing, management and marketing of crops through personal, group contact and various means of mass media.
To educate and train farmers in modern techniques of sowing, irrigation, fertilizer application, insect pest disease & weed control, and harvesting & threshing of crops.
To serve as resource base for agricultural knowledge and provide information to growers on issues like insect pest out break, environmental changes etc etc.
To introduce new crop and crop varieties and farm machinery & tools among growers as and when developed / recommended by Agriculture Research and Agriculture Engineering Wings.
To introduce the use of fertilizer, pesticide and weedicide to increase the yield per hectare.
To coordinate with input supplying organization for their timely availability.
To prevent adulteration of pesticides and fertilizers.
To implement area and production targets and collect agricultural statistics for sowing position in the province.
To implement the Cotton control Act.
To supervise Agricultural Marketing Organization in implementation of Agriculture Produce Market Act.
To co-ordinate with the Federal Agencies.
   
Activities
New technologies, compost mannuring, EM technology, integrated pest management, laser leveling, cultivation on ridges, bed and furrows etc. are being disseminated among farmers.
Use of zinc and boron in cotton and zinc in rice has been popularized.
Technology of optimum use of water in cotton was popularized in cotton areas.
In view of water shortage, replacement of rice by cotton was introduced in district Larkana, Shikarpur, Jacobabad & Kashmore.
Coordinated with private seed companies to ensure availability of certified seed.
Pest scouting program launched in cotton and rice growing districts.
Integrated Plant Nutrient & Soil Management technology is being disseminated in the area of Water Boards under World Bank Assisted Project Sindh On Farm Water Management Project.
To minimize the use of pesticides; with the collaboration of PARC, an IPM programme has been launched in cotton, mango, vegetables and rice crops.

Agriculture Extension Through Mass Media
T.V. Programmes
Telecasting TV spots through various TV Channels on various subjects / crop production technologies.
Special agricultural messages through moving Scrolls are being telecast through Sindh TV, KTN, Mehran TV, & Sony Dharti TV Channels.
Live messages are telecast through local Sindhi TV Channels on various topics.
Mobile Phone Zarai Service through  Cellular net work  has been started with Cell No. 03082277008
Sending information to Director, Add:   Directors, Deputy Directors, NGOs  and   Progressive growers through booklets, CDs   about agriculture information.
Daily Radio Programs from Radio Pakistan,  Hyd.   & Khairpur Stations are being broadcast.
Live Radio programmes once in a week on four   Radio Stations (Hyderabad, Khairpur, Larkana & Mithi).
Recorded Radio Programs / spots are being broadcasted through various local FM Channels.
Publication of monthly Sindh Zara’at Magazine.
Print & distribute booklets and leaflets on   various crops and farming technology among   the   growers on seasonal basis.
Providing documentary films on CDs among   the   growers on demand.
Wall Chalking in district about agriculture.
Film shows have been started through Mobile   Audio Video vans in different districts.
Press Releases.
Articles etc.
Other Activities
Coordinating with private seed companies to ensure availability of certified seed.
Pest scouting program in cotton and rice growing   districts.
The field staff of Agriculture Extension is being   trained at ATI Sakrand and Jacobabad to provide the effective knowledge to growers to   increase their production.
To provide the skill & Management training to farming community, the farmers and kamdars are being trained at ATI Sakrand
Collect daily sowing position report of Cotton, Paddy and Wheat.
Collect daily cotton and paddy rates.
Collect daily fertilizer rates.
Collect seed cotton arrival reports in ginning factories.
Farm Managers meeting on regular basis.
Meeting with Deputy Directors, Agriculture Extension on monthly basis.
Integrated Plant Nutrition Management   technology   is being disseminated through   demonstration plots   in district Khairpur,   Naushehroferoze, Shaheed   Benazirabad,  Sanghar,   Matiari, Thatta, Badin   and   Mirpurkhas.
To rationalize the use of pesticides, an Integrated   Pest Management (IPM) program has been   launched in cotton, wheat, Rice, Sugarcane, Fruits   and vegetable crops growing areas.
 
OBJECTIVE
Introduce new crop-technology and crop varieties/ fertilizers / pesticides/ weedicide, farm machinery & tools and collection of statistics.
Provide information to growers on urgent issues like insect pest outbreak, climatic changes, weather forecast.
Introduce new crop-technology and crop varieties/ fertilizers / pesticides/ weedicide, farm machinery & tools and collection of statistics.
Provide information to growers on urgent issues like insect pest outbreak, climatic changes, weather forecast.
Prevent adulteration of pesticides and fertilizers.
To disseminate technologies concerned to all aspects of crop growing, management & marketing to growers at their doorsteps through personal contacts and various means of mass media.
 
INFRA-STRUCTURE
Agriculture Training Institute at Sakrand & Jacobabad.
Radio Units at Hyderbad & Khairpur.
Pesticide Lab at Hyderabad, Rohri, Mirpurkhas and Larkana.
District Officers/Offices at District level.
DDO Officers at Taluka level.
Field Assistant Offices at Tappa level.
Agriculture Officer/Offices at Circle level.
 
AGRICULTURE EXTENSION FARMS
 
Sr. No. Name of Farms
Total Area (acres)
1 Agri Research Farm Pangrio Badin
866.13
2 Seed Farm Dadhurko Badin
866.13
3 Seed Farm Kumb T.M. Khan
389.16
4 Seed Farm Niabaran Hyderabad
562.12
5 Farmer Extension Service Center Reherki Ghotki
60
6 Farmer Ext Service Center Katcho Bindi Ghotki
96
7 Farmer Ext Service Center Kohistan Thatta
148
8 Farmer Ext Service Center Kashmoire
104
9 Farmer Ext Service Center Kandhkot Jacobabad
113
10 Farmer Ext Service Center Karampur Jacobabad
151
11 Farmer Ext Service Center Gosergi Sukkur
50.08
12 Farmer Ext Service Center Ruk Shikarpur
100
13 Extension Farm Kot Ghulam Muhammad Mirpurkhas
30.09
 
Total:-
3201.58