The Agricultural Extension Manual 2016 was unveiled by Md. Hamidur Rahman, Director General (DG) of Department Agricultural Extension (DAE) in a ceremony on 11 January 2017 where all senior members of DAE were also present. Mr. GB Banjara, Acting General Manager, Tahsin Akbar, Manager, and Manib E Eram, Communications Consultant, were also representing Katalyst in the ceremony. During the ceremony, DG thanked Katalyst for its association with DAE to prepare the manual. The manual has been developed after 17 years and with the technical assistance of katalyst.
The manual will be used to plan, direct and monitor above 20,000 DAE officials and the entire 24 regions of DAE. DAE will also host it in their website and install it in the mobile devices (Tab and smart phones) of their field officials. The manual update process took almost 8 months and in the new manual, a lot of areas pertinent to the agricultural development of Bangladesh are covered for the first time. For example extension services in remote areas, strengthening research extension linkages, use of media, e-extension services, facilitating women participation in agriculture, partnering with private sector for extension services as well as how to form PPP, food safety and security, climate change etc.
The content of the manual have been collected from various stakeholders i.e. DAE field officials/ agents, private sector, NGOs and development projects, academia, former DAE and other government officials, media, national and local administration, local government etc.