Today Extension Services for the many countries of the Asian region are facing numerous newly emerged challenges.
The most promising and prominent challenges include: Pluralism, Privatization, Globalization and Market Liberation,
World Trade Order (WTO), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Devolution and Decentralization. Now- a-days, the Extension clienteles have preference for demand driven and participatory approaches. The need for an up-to- date Extension advice to the farmers on farming systems and marketing linkages is becoming increasingly important. In
the past, extension systems of the region have not been able to make positive impacts on increasing agricultural
production. Due and focused efforts have not been made regarding the transfer of new farming technologies efficiently
and effectively. The purpose of this paper is by-fold; firstly to identify and enlist the problems associated with the
existing traditional agricultural extension systems of the region and secondly accommodate the newly emerged
challenges. It aims at devising suitable recommendations to improve the situation. Prime shortcomings and the major
constraints associated with the extension services include: defects in extension organization, insufficient incentives to the
extension professionals, lack of sufficient funds and resources, and absence of in-service training facilities. Extension
has many approaches and methods at its disposal.
M. B. Baig and F. Aldosari Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Society, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud
University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Copyright:The Journal of Animal & Plant Sciences, 23(2): 2013, Page: 619-632