Union Catalogue of Agricultural Libraries in the Netherlands
The WUR Library Catalogue contains bibliographic data on books and periodicals held by the libraries of Wageningen University and Research Centre and some 15 associated libraries. Holding data are added to each record.
Subjects covered include Agrotechnology, Food and Food Production, Plant and Animal Sciences, Soil Science, Geo-information, Landscape and Spatial Planning, Water and Climate, Ecosystem Studies, Economics and Society.
The joint collections of the participating libraries cover a substantial part of the internationally available scientific literature in these disciplines.
As far as Dutch scientific literature in these fields is concerned, coverage can be considered near 100%, including much of the so-called "grey literature".
All titles are entered in their original language. Keywords are added to facilitate subject searching.
The database is updated every day and now contains over 830.000 records.
Various aspects, in particular the training of extension workers, were compared of the agricultural advisory services in the Netherlands and India. In 1870 some agricultural agents were appointed in the Netherlands. In India it was not until 1928 that the importance of extension workers was emphasized. A scheme was then drawn up to improve villages. After that several campaigns and schemes, such as the Grow More Food Campaign, were launched. However the total agricultural situation did not significantly improve. In 1952 the Grow More Food Enquiry Committee was appointed and later in the same year the Community Development Programme was inaugurated with 55 Community Projects. To facilitate financing and rapid extension of the development programme throughout India the National Extension Service was established in 1953. The class and caste systems seriously impeded its activities.In the Netherlands farmers organizations and village leaders were of great use in promoting agricultural advisory work and education. In both countries various officers at state, district and village level are responsible for co-operation in agricultural development work. Some weaknesses in the training of agricultural advisors in India were emphasized. Improvements were suggested.
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