Thrust Areas » PTD/Demonstration
Participatory Technology Development (PTD) is an approach which ensures the active involvement of the farmers
in technology upgradation and refinement. Farmers play the key role in technology
development and its diffusion. More than a research activity, PTD combines development,
dissemination and application of locally acceptable technology in the field along
with strengthening of the experimental capabilities of the farmers.
Steps in PTD
The advantages of PTD are:
- Farmers and extension personnel together discuss their farming situation to
identify major problems.
- After the problem identification and prioritization, different options are
sought for solving it. These options come from farmer's knowledge as well as
scientific stream. The role of extension worker is to provide appropriate technical
options for testing.
- Incorporating the best options, the farmers and extension personnel jointly
design the experiments for field implementation. The task of carrying out the
experiment is entrusted to a willing farmer in the Self Help Group (SHG).
- The SHG members monitor and discuss the progress of the experiment during
their group meetings.
- Farmers record all the vital observations for the final evaluation of the
- On completion of the experiment, the farmers discuss the results in the SHG
and evaluate the experiment thoroughly.
- The results are shared among other farmers.
Technologies developed through PTD in VFPCK
- Simultaneous technology development and dissemination.
- Develop locally adaptable improved technologies.
- Strengthen experimental capacities of the farmers.
here to view the Technologies developed through PTD in VFPCK