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INFORMATION: THE BASIC RESOURCE FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Force and wealth continue to be the property of the strong and rich. But knowledge or information has revolutionary characteristic. It can be generated by the wealthy and the poor as well. If one shares some wealth he has to loose a part of his wealth. But knowledge can be shared without any loss. Both become equal without loss to any and both get equal power to acquire other resources. Hence information is the most democratic source of power.
The present age has been rightly termed as an "information age". Information is an ingredient and a problem-solving tool. Its generation, mobilization and its appropriate use are important task. Information is the key factor for transformation of the society. In other words, information is the catalyst to bring a sea-change in the economy as well. Knowledge is power and information is a valuable resource. In the development scenario, the term accountability, decentralization, democracy, participation and transparency are becoming very popular. Participation is now the very important concept in planning and sustainable development in the field of agriculture. So dissemination of information, access to information by the beneficiaries and ensuring people right to information are very important in sustainable development in agriculture. Hence information is becoming an important ingredient for managing sustainable agriculture.