An Overview of Agricultural Extension Services in Turkey

Ege University Agricultural Faculty Department of Agricultural Economics, 35100 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey


BOYACI, M. and O. YILDIZ, 2016. An overview of agricultural extension services in Turkey. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 22: 151–157

In the study, public extension service is examined through data collected from 538 extension workers in nine agricultural provinces of Turkey. Turkish extension service is influenced by the general top down and training-visit approaches which were employed in the past. These approaches are mainly directed to conventional production and yield increase, by using a topdown process that gives little place for human resources development and sustainable agriculture. New opportunities of digital devices such as cell phones, internet, and e-mail are generally underutilized in farmer training. The local participation is not at intended level during the formulation of extension activities in Turkey.

Key words: agricultural extension, extension methods, agricultural technology transfer

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