Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 406

Full Length Research Paper

Comparison between public and private extension services for sugarcane production in Muzaffargarh District, Punjab, Pakistan

Muhammad Zahid Farooq
  • Muhammad Zahid Farooq
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Badar Naseem Siddiqui
  • Badar Naseem Siddiqui
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Khalid Masud
  • Khalid Masud
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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M. Rameez Akram Khan
  • M. Rameez Akram Khan
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Waqar-ul-Hassan Tareen
  • Waqar-ul-Hassan Tareen
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Muhammad Ali
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Adnan Rayit
  • Adnan Rayit
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Syed Ali Asghar Shah
  • Syed Ali Asghar Shah
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Khawaja Muhammad Dawood
  • Khawaja Muhammad Dawood
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Muhammad
  • Muhammad
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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Ghazanfar Naeem
  • Ghazanfar Naeem
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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  •  Received: 12 February 2018
  •  Accepted: 26 April 2018
  •  Published: 29 February 2020

Abstract

Sugarcane industry is at second position after textile industry in Pakistan. By the export of refined sugar, it plays a significant role in the economy of the country. Public and private sectors extension field staff work with sugarcane growers to improve their per acre yield. The research was conducted to compare and identify the services provided by those two sectors. A total of 150 respondents were selected randomly and interviewed to collect data through a structured interview schedule. The data were analyzed using Statistical Package of Social Sciences (SPSS). It was revealed that private sector provided commodity services such as improved sugarcane seed more than the public sector. However, public sector provided agriculture machinery on subsidized basis whereas private sector did not have any of such facility but was ahead in providing the advocacy services, arranging trainings/workshops, paying farm/home visits, organizing method demonstrations and arranging agricultural fares (Kissan Mellas) for farmers due to better funding. However, Agri. Helpline calls system of public sector was found more effective.

Key words: Extension services, sugarcane, extension field staff (EFS), public sector and private sector.