A comparative study of the training of agricultural advisory personnel in the Netherlands and India

S.K. Sharma

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


Various aspects, in particular the training of extension workers, were compared of the agricultural advisory services in the Netherlands and India. In 1870 some agricultural agents were appointed in the Netherlands. In India it was not until 1928 that the importance of extension workers was emphasized. A scheme was then drawn up to improve villages. After that several campaigns and schemes, such as the Grow More Food Campaign, were launched. However the total agricultural situation did not significantly improve. In 1952 the Grow More Food Enquiry Committee was appointed and later in the same year the Community Development Programme was inaugurated with 55 Community Projects. To facilitate financing and rapid extension of the development programme throughout India the National Extension Service was established in 1953. The class and caste systems seriously impeded its activities.

In the Netherlands farmers organizations and village leaders were of great use in promoting agricultural advisory work and education. In both countries various officers at state, district and village level are responsible for co-operation in agricultural development work. Some weaknesses in the training of agricultural advisors in India were emphasized. Improvements were suggested.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • van Lier, R.A.J., Promotor, External person
Award date28 Oct 1960
Place of PublicationGroningen
Publication statusPublished - 1960
Externally publishedYes


  • agriculture
  • information services
  • advisory centres
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • India


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