NATP - DLS
The long-term objective will be to establish a decentralized demand-led and pluralistic extension service comprising crops, fisheries and livestock extension. The decentralized extension service will be knowledge-based and accountable to farmers for planning and delivery of extension support. The proposed interventions will draw on lessons learnt from extension approaches previously pilot tested in Bangladesh and other countries in the region, especially the decentralized and participatory technology transfer mechanism and institutional innovations promoted under the National Agricultural Technology Project in India which was completed in 2005. The component will execute programs in three major areas or sub-components such as crops, fisheries and livestock. The activities will be implemented through DAE, DOF and DLS.
Policy guidance and inter-agency coordination for the extension component would be facilitated by the National Extension Coordination Committee (NECC). It would maintain overall oversight on the extension program and facilitate inter-departmental coordination at the national level. The DLS, DOF and DAE nodal staff, responsible for facilitating implementation of their respective extension programs, would keep the NECC informed of the progress and liaise with the Project Coordination Unit on matters related to their program. At the district and Upazila levels interdepartmental coordination would be facilitated by the District Extension Coordination Committee (DECC) and Upazila Extension Coordination Committee (UECC) respectively. Membership of the three committees would include representatives from key stakeholders, e.g. line departments, research, marketing NGOs, credit agencies, the private