Trainings for agro-input dealer
Continuous improvement and updating of the quality of advice given to agro-input dealers by public, semi-public or private sector advisory services, for example on the sustainable use of fertilisers and pesticides, animal feed or agricultural equipment.
Trainings of agro-input dealers improve the transfer of knowledge to the agricultural sector, usually in coordination with public and private sector advisory services, farmer organisations, etc., they may diffuse innovation along the entire value chain and hence boost production levels, secure food supply and improve farmers’ incomes. They may also contribute to safeguarding the health of farmers and consumers as well as protecting the natural resource base.
The information passed on to farmers by agro-input dealers must be constantly updated to include scientific and research results so that they can be translated into effective practices. Another possibility would be to license certified agro-input dealers, e.g. by awarding a quality mark.
- Clear and coherent political strategy and targets for policy-makers and public authorities
- Clear responsibilities in public authorities
- Close cooperation and knowledge sharing with farmers' organisations
- Definitions of good agricultural practice in respect of soil, water, climate and air, as well as biodiversity
- Good knowledge of good agricultural practices
- Dialogue with private sector and (civil) society on study content and research priorities to ensure their practical relevance
- Investments in country-wide educational infrastructure in proximity to students
- Quality standards in agricultural advisory services that are in line with the national agricultural policy and definitions of good agricultural practice
- Skilled / specialised personnel to man the respective institutions / provide the respective services
- Training opportunities for advisors that reflect the definitions of good agricultural practices and agricultural policy
Possible Negative Effects
- Lack of practical relevance and too much emphasis on theory
- Lack of acceptance on the part of agro-input dealers who provide biased advice that will benefit themselves