Cases of Multiple Providers of Agricultural Extension Service in Bangladesh

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Although recent years witness a noticeable change in agricultural extension service providers, the public institutions still remain the dominant. The new entrants to the field include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector agribusiness enterprises and grass-root institutions eg. Self-Help and micro-credit Groups involving farming communities (WB, 2005).
DAE is the key department under the Ministry of Agriculture which provides extension support to crop sector farmers. This organization has country wide coverage and operational staff. Other public organizations involved in providing extension service in crop sectors are Agricultural Information Service (AIS), Department of Agriculture Marketing (DAM), Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB), Cotton Development Board (CDB), Tea Board (TB), Department of Youth Development (DYD), Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) etc. Except DAE other public extension organizations have their own way of offering extension services.
NGOs started to provide their own extension services in the late 1970s to disseminate knowledge among their targeted clients (Haque, 2010). More than 100 local, national, and international NGOs are involved in agricultural…
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