Farmer to Farmer Extension Through Strengthening Progressive Farmers Role

Yoyon Haryanto, Sumardjo Sumardjo, Siti Amanah, Prabowo Tjitropranoto

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Farmer empowerment is increasingly marginalized by the reduced number of government extension agents (PNS/Civil servants and THL-TBPP/Freelance-Agricultural Extension Aid) in the rural area. The study aimed to analyze the support of related institutions and strengthening efforts performed for advanced farmers as progressive farmers. This research used survey design of cluster random sampling technique with 224 respondents represented progressive farmers in four districts (Bogor, Karawang, Majalengka, and Sukabumi) in West Java. Data were collected in 2017 through questionnaires and in-depth interviews and analyzed using Structural Equation Model (SEM). The results showed that government extension agency and private agency have a good support to the enhancement of the capacity of progressive farmers. The strengthening of advanced farmers as progressive farmers was done by strengthening their role as extension agents in rural areas by improving their individual capacity and independence.


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