To Transform Input Dealers into para-professionals and enable them
to serve the farmers better, thereby strengthening the Agricultural
Orientation on location specific crop production technologies of
broad based agriculture and specific package of practices related
to field problems.
Capacity building of Input dealers in efficient handling of
To impart the knowledge about the laws governing regulation of
To make them effective source of farm information at village level
(one stop shop) for the farmers / farm women.
Benefits of the Programme
Technical capacity and Communication Skills of Input-dealers will
be developed so as to impart proper technical advise to the
Increase the awareness of the dealers regarding their regulatory
Input dealers with a diploma will act as base level extension
worker while serving as Input dealers.
Distance Education mode was adopted with class room interactions
and field visits on every Sunday (market holiday) for 48 Sundays
approximately. Supply of study material, using multi-media
instructional devices with the help of experts in the field as
Resource Persons was also adopted. As indicated in the HRD Project
Report of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), under
Distance Education mode, a diploma course requires 32 credit hours
and each credit hour is equal to 30 hours of the study time of the
participant. DAESI programme is covering about 36 credit hours.
Contents and Coverage
The course is so designed to suit the requirement of input dealers
and prospective dealers of 10th standard.
To make the dealers technically more competent, topics like
agro-climatic conditions, soils, soil analysis, land use planning,
Integrated Nutrient Management (INM), Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
and Crop Production Technology in respect of all crops being grown
in the district, including horticultural crops, vegetable crops,
floriculture, Farm mechanization etc., were included in course.
To improve Communication Skills, few lectures on Extension
Education, Extension Methods, diffusion and adoption of
innovation, Role of Mass Media etc., were dealt.
For individual development, few topics on Importance of
Meditation for mind control and thought process, Business
Principles, Business Ethics were taught. General topics like
National Integration, Privatization, Liberalization,
Globalization, WTO regime etc., were also covered.
To make them to discharge regulatory responsibilities enjoined on
them, Laws related to Agricultural Inputs, E.C. Act, Consumer
Protection Act, Limitation Act, C.P.C., Cr. P.C. etc., were dealt
The course is evaluated for assessing the performance of the
participants as detailed hereunder:
Each candidate has maintained a practical record book for all the
practical classes. A record of drawings and sketches of important
insect pests & the damage symptoms caused by them is maintained.
Six bi-monthly quiz tests of objective in nature were conducted
for evaluating class room Performance
Half-yearly and annual examinations with Questions requiring
descriptive answering were conducted.
A final practical
examination consisting of skill demonstration, spotting, viva-voce
Weightages allotted were as under :
Drawings & Sketches
The candidates to qualify the Diploma have to maintain 80% of
attendance and score 40% of the marks. Candidates who do not
qualify shall take up half-yearly, annual theory and final
practicals with the candidates of subsequent batches so as to
qualify for award of diploma. Candidates who have scored 60% and
above were given 1st Class and 80% and above 1st Class with
Dealers - Candidates sponsored by companies and prospective dealers
with 10th standard qualification.
Rs.20000/- in lump sum at a time of admission
Dr. N. Balasubramani, Deputy Director & Principal Coordinator (DAESI)
National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE)
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad - 500 030, Andhra Pradesh, India
Tel : +91-40-24015422 (Direct)
Fax : +91 (0) 40 24015388