Document Type : Original Article


1 Researcher, Tirtash tobacco research institute, Department of extension, Behshahr, Mazandaran, Iran

2 Master of Agricultural Extension and Education, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran

4 Master of Agricultural Extension and Education Tirtash Research and Education Center, Iran


One of the most important factors in the development of societies, consider to traning. Identification and training needs analysis, is a prerequisite for a successful educational system and determine the training needs is considered the first step of educational planning. The purpose of this study was to investigate Educational needs of engineers, rice supervisors Engineering agricultural engineering and technical consulting services companies in Mazandaran. The methodological approach of this study was descriptive- correlational. Statistical population of this research consisted of 186   rice supervisor engineers of Mazandaran province, and based on Cochran formula 113 people were selected randomly through  proportional stratified sampling. Data collection tool was a questionnaire , whose validity was confirmed by a panel of experts, and its reliability was measured through Cronbach's alpha. Cronbach's alpha ranged from 0.75 to 0.96. for educational-professional needs assessment of agricultural extension agents was used from  Burich model and according to the mean weight discrepancy  score (MWDS) were rated. The results achieved from  path analysis method indicate that the highest effect on educational needs was related to economic factors with the path coefficient of 0.231. In addition, information resources was also effective on the educational needs with the path coefficient of 0.171.