THE ROLE OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION CENTERS IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN IRAQ
AbstractThis study aimed mainly at identifying the role of agricultural extension centers in rural development in Iraq from the viewpoint of those working in them , And that is by determining the degree to which agricultural extension centers play their role in rural development in the extension, economic and social areas . The degree to which these centers played their role in each of the aforementioned areas of rural development was determined and the paragraphs of these areas are arranged . The research community included (113) agricultural engineers and guides working in the agricultural extension training centers in the country of (16) extension centers, except for the governorates of the Kurdistan region.
The results showed the agreement of the views of most of the respondents that the extension centers in Iraq play a major and effective role in rural development through carrying out tasks and works in all areas of studied rural development. Likewise, the views of most of the respondents agreed that the economic area comes at the forefront of these areas and the social area came second, whereas the extension area came in the last rank. In the light of the researcher’s conclusions, he recommends the necessity of the continuity and support of the Ministry of Agriculture and those in charge of the extension apparatus in Iraq for extension centers due to the importance of its role in agricultural and rural .
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