Enhance AV capacity to provide better services to farmers

Samarth-NMDP developed an intervention to enhance the capacity of agro-vets by strengthening the overall body responsible for delivering the training (PPD/PPOs). On analysing the underlying constraints contributing to poor productivity at the smallholder farmer level it was determined that information channeling on the use of CPI products and crop diseases were outdated as well as incentives being misaligned (sales being driven by company-based commissions for pushing the products in the market).

Building capacity of plant protection officers to promote judicious use of crop protection inputs

Smallholder farmers have very limited knowledge on crop diseases, pest problems, and its treatment. These farmers either rely heavily on products offered by retailers or do not apply any treatment at all. In most instances, it results in up to 30% loss in overall crop yield. The limited information they get on disease infestation on crops and its treatment is provided by agro-vets and plant protection officers (PPOs).

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