Potato production through telecounselling mode of extension education



There are several modes are available for teaching to the farmers through distance
training system, out of which telecast of video programme, broadcast of audio programmes,
telecounselling etc. are eco-friendly modes, solving the farmers problems. The telecounselling is a ecofriendly
and easy system of distance training, which is available in rural area in the form of mobiles and
landline. The experiment on telecounselling for improvement of potato yield was tried in the villages
Bhawanipur and Daipur of district Kannauj and Rajpura, Baghauli, Jasharau and Shaidpur of district
Mainpuri for the first time. The soil of experimental site was sandy loam with poor fertility. There is
certain drawback in the cultivation of potato. The farmers are not using the recommended agronomic
practices, resulting in, the low yield obtained from potato. The farm families of potato growers were
linked with C.S.Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur and KVK, Kannauj. The
growers put up their problems of potato cultivation before the scientists through telecouselling mode
of distance training as and when required. The scientists solved their problems immediately with same
mode of distance training. The cultivation of potato was recommended with three varieties i.e. Kufri
Bahar, Kufri Pukhraj and Kufri Pushkar through telecounselling mode. Cultivars Kufri Bahar, Kufri
Pukhraj and Kufri Pushkar gave tuber yield by 331.55 q/ha, 354.22 q/ha and 383.71 q/ha, respectively.
The growth and yield traits were concordant to yield obtained from potato cultivars. The highest net
return Rs. 123569/ha and BCR 1:2.15 were obtained from adoption of cultivation of cultivar Kufri
Pushkar closely followed by the net return Rs. 106031/ha and BCR 1:2.00 available from the cultivation
of Kufri Pukhraj.


Dissemination, Effective media, Mass media, New horizon, Telecouselling mode


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