Systematic creation of local proof of both the applicability and profitability of the recommended technology with the cooperation and participation of the farmers and under the personal guidance of the scientists and/or extension personnel.
Principle: Seeing is Believing
OBJECTIVES OF FRONTLINE DEMONSTRATIONS
To demonstrate the productive potential of newly released technologies to farmers’ conditions. To get first hand feedback on the contributory or limiting factors for achieving the productive potential of the new technology To prepare technical leadership in the village, and To organise need based training programmes for Subject Matter Specialists, Extension Workers, Farmers etc.
The Frontline Demonstrations are different than the normal demonstrations conducted by the extension functionaries.
THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF FRONTLINE DEMONSTRATONS ARE :
|o FRONT LINE demonstrations are conducted under the close upervision of the scientist of National Agricultural Research System comprising ICAR Institutes, National Research Centres, Project Directorates, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, State Agricultural Universities and the Regional Research Stations.
|o Only newly released technologies or those likely to be released in near future are selected for the frontline demonstrations
|o Front line demonstrations are organised in block of five hectares involving all those farmers whose plots fall in the identified demonstration block.
|o Only critical inputs and training are provided from the scheme budget, remaining inputs are supplied by the farmers themselves.
|o Training of the farmers associated with the front line demonstrations is a pre-requisite for the programme.
|o The target audience of front line demonstrations are both farmers and the extension officers. The purpose is to convince extension functionaries and farmers together about the potentialities of technologies for further wide scale diffusion and
|o Front line demonstrations are used as a source of generating data on factors contributing higher crop yields and constraints of production under various farming situations.