28 April till 1 May 2014, Jakar: The Research Communication Sector of RNR RDC Jakar conducted a four days Extension Material Development training for Livestock extension agents of Bumthang Dzongkhag, from 28 April for four days. The participants comprised of geog livestock extension agents, Dzongkhag veterinary hospital staff, staff from National Horse Breeding Program and researchers from RDC Jakar. The training is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the geog livestock extension staff in developing appropriate extension materials whereby enhancing better adoption of technology in the field. The training is also expected to improve research extension linkages.
The courseconsisted of familiarising with the latest Adobe Photoshop software to design leaflets, brochures, banners and posters. The Training also included a session on basic photography which is very crucial for developing any quality publication. At the end of the training, participants were able to design information brochure of their respective program offices.
The extension material has always served as an important medium to transfer the technology, knowledge, ideas and experiences to the farmers. Extension materials can be in the form of print, audio and videos. However, in the RNR system, print is the most widely used form of extension materials. Brochure, leaflets, manual, flip chart, poser etc are widely used extension materials in the field.
It is expected that the extension colleagues will effectively utilise the knowledge gained from this training for effective transfer of knowledge to the farmers to enhance the agriculture production in the country. Within a span of three years, RDC Jakar has trained more than 50 livestock extension agents of east central region. The RDC Jakar plans to conduct similar training on an annual basis based on demand from the field colleagues. The training was made possible with fund support from RGoB.
Reported by Dawa Dakpa, RCO, Jakar
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