Agricultural Extension Services

FARMERS’ DESK- AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICES

NFL is undertaking Agriculture Extension Services with the objective to educate farmers on judicious use of fertilizers along with total know how on improved and scientific methods of cultivation and helping them to increase productivity.

1. Orientation Programme for Dealers/Retailers

Dealers/Retailers are important link between company and farmers and key change agents in motivating the farmers to use fertilizers in a balanced manner and adopting Integrated Nutrient management. During the year 2016-17, 36 Dealer’s/Retailer’s Orientation Programmes were conducted and more than 2500 dealers/ retailers were benefitted. Through these educational programmes, farmers were facilitated by upgrading their knowledge regarding fertilizers, Agro products and improved crop practices so that latest information can be disseminated to farmers at point of purchase to the farmers.


2. Farmer Education Programmes

It is essential to educate the farmers on issues related to soil testing, soil health, balanced fertilization etc. to optimize farmer’s crop yield and farm income. 84 farmer training programmes were organized during 2016-17 and more than 5000 farmers benefited. During these educational programmes, farmers were sensitized to issues related to soil fertility status including deficiency of various nutrients their remedy to increase fertilizer use efficiency and maximize yields. The farmers have also been educated on benefits of long term usage of Biofertilizers and City Compost through these programmes.

3. Two days Residential Programmes/ Farmer Visits to Agriculture Institutions

Agriculture Universities, Research Stations, Krishi Vigyan Kendras are the knowledge hub for latest farming techniques, new and high yielding crop varities, innovative technologies in agriculture and allied agriculture sectors etc. During the year 2016-17, an opportunity was given to the farmers to practically visit the above places by organizing farmers visit to nearby agriculture university/research station/ KVK. More than 700 farmers benefitted through 11 programmes during the year 2016-17.

4. Field Demonstrations

During the year, 2016-17, 87 and 85 demonstrations had been laid out at farmers field to demonstrate the long term effect of using Biofertilizers and City Compost, respectively on crop growth and yield as compare to farmer’s own practices. The demonstrations shall be continued on the same location and on same pattern during the year 2017-18 so that long term effects of using Biofertilizers and City Compost can be shown to the farmers.

5. Soil Testing


Keeping in view the importance of soil testing in diagnosing soil health and evolving soil and crop specific solutions, NFL is making all efforts in rendering advisory services to farmers by conducting Soil testing. Based on the analysis, farmers are advised on soil fertility management through rational use of fertilizers, manures and other inputs to make agriculture more productive and sustainable. During the year, more than 30,000 soil samples were analyzed for major and micro nutrients and recommendations given through six static and four mobile soil testing laboratories.

During the year 2016-17, NFL put a step ahead by rendering soil testing services to the farmers doorstep by organizing soil testing campaigns. During these campaigns, services of our Mobile Soil Testing Vans and Laboratory staff were suitably utilized for collecting soil samples by demonstrating the correct method of sampling to the farmers and by offering on the spot soil analysis and advisory on the basis of soil test results. 31 such campaigns were organized in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, HP, J&K, UP, Bihar and Jharkhand.

6. Participation in Krishi Mela & Agriculture Exhibitions

Agricultural exhibitions and krishi melas aims to bring stakeholders from all disciplines of Agriculture like farming, Livestock, dairy, import and export, poultry and Horticulture sectors under one roof and provides opportunity to demonstrate their products, exchange their views and share ideas for the growth, sustainability and development of these vital sectors of our economy.  Participation in agro exhibitions and university Kisan meals is very effective way to communicate directly with the farmers and also to interact with scientists and experts from various agricultural fields. During the year 2016-17, NFL participated in 51 krishi melas/agriculture exhibitions organized by leading agriculture universities, agriculture department in Punjab, Haryana, UP, Uttarakhand, Bihar, MP, Rajasthan and J&K.

7. Opening of Kisan Suvidha Kendras (KSKs)

As per the guidelines of DoF and with the objective to provide all the agricultural inputs and services to all the farmers along with fertilizers under one roof along with Soil testing and advisory services, Kisan Suvidha Kendras (KSK) were opened by NFL all across its marketing territory. During the year 2016-17, 100 KSKs have been opened by NFL in the states of Punjab(20), Haryana(14), Rajasthan(6), UP(11), Uttrakhand (4), Bihar(13), Jharkhand(2), MP(24) and Chhattisgarh(6). Through these KSKs, more than 3500 soil samples were collected, analyzed through our static and mobile soil testing labs and reports were given to the farmers. More than 36000 leaflets on NFL products and various crops were also distributed to farmers through various programmes organized in these KSKs.