EXTENSION SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION OF DATE PALM (PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA L.) IN DISTRICT DERA ISMAIL KHAN
Rehmat Ullah*, Kalim Ullah** and Mohammad Zafarullah Khan*
The present study has been designed to investigate the role of agricultural extension services in date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) improvement. Agriculture extension is appreciating the problems of farmers and suggesting a suitable solution for these problems. Due to the utmost importance of agricultural extension services, its role was investigated in the major date producing areas (Dakki, Mian Wada, Mathra Abad, Jhok Ghamywali, Habib Abad, Bilot Sharif, Himat, Jhok Moazam, Matwala Shah, Chura and Jhok Malkanri) of the district Dera Ismail Khan by personal interview method from a sample of 51 respondents selected from these villages. Agriculture was the major profession of the farmers (80.3%). It was found that 62.7% of the respondents were never visited by the extension workers while 60.7% of the respondents never attended any meeting with field staff or Agriculture Officers. A single field day was organized by extension workers almost two years ago in the studied area attended by only 41% of the respondents. About 72% of the selected respondents were aware about modern technologies but only 43% of them were educated by extension workers. It was concluded that most of the respondents (70%) were never satisfied with proper working of extension workers. It is, therefore recommended that better extension services, trainings and guidance are the need of the farming community.