A path breaking ICT initiative for Farmers of North East India
Beneficiaries of the Project:
- Provide improved services to the farming community through the use of ICT.
- Advice and help farmers to solve problems related to their farming activities. Otherwise, they need to contact agricultural experts and private extension workers.
- Providing vital and generic information to farmers so that they get periodic alerts on important/useful tips, ideas, knowhow etc.
- Updates farmers on latest technology in Agriculture sector for improved productivity and quality farming.
- Developing an advisory system which can be extended with any other types of crops in any State of India.
- Improving agricultural extension service by using mobile services so that farmers can send queries about their farming problem from their mobile device.
- To develop an educational materials to be used by students for their practical experience with real case scenario.
- FARMERS: Farmers from North East Region of India mainly farmers from Manipur and Meghalaya: Farmers can get direct or indirect advice from agricultural experts for his/her query related to their farming activities covered by IASF. Farmers can also communicate their problems with agricultural experts by sending an SMS text message in a predefined format.
- AGRICULTURAL EXPERTS: Experts can advise to farmers’ query from anywhere using Internet or mobile SMS. Experts can also share knowledge among themselves by suggesting to other expert’s advice given to farmers.
- EPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (DOA): DOA can broadcast periodic alerts and useful information to registered users via mobile SMS and email. Department of Agriculture can use IASF as a tool to train new officers and extension functionaries.
- STUDENTS: One of major objective of IASF is developing educational materials to be used by students of agriculture for their practical experience with real scenario.
- RESEARCH SCHOLARS: Research scholars will be able to study diversity in farmers’ problem across north east region of India and how agricultural experts are suggesting remedial measures on various field problems.
To date, IASF is benefiting 1886 registered farmers in 5 districts of Meghalaya and 9 districts of Manipur who uses the platform for redress of their farm problems. The project targets to increase this number to 5000 by the end of this year. 50 Subject Matter Specialist are also registered in the portal to respond to farmer’s queries in real time. This project also provides PUSH and PULL mobile services for farmers through the MSDG 5(five) digit short code number 51969. Farmers can self register to the IASF portal via SMS by sending their name, address in a specified format to 51969. This project can be easily scaled and rolled out with localised content and languages to any State of North East India in a very short time. This is the first of its kind project in North East India, where ICT has come to the rescue of resource poor farmers residing in remote and inaccessible part of the country. The integration of web technology and mobile service delivery gateway has been a boon to this project, where the reach and scale of the services can be expanded exponentially due to the rapid expansion of mobile connectivity in the region. To know more about this project, please visit this link http://iasf.cdacmumbai.in/.
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing(CDAC) Mumbai and Directorate of Agriculture, Meghalaya today the 29th Nov. 2012 launched an Intelligent Advisory System for Farmers (IASF), which is a web based advisory system for answering queries related to farming activities and IASF mobile service, at the Seminar Room of the Directorate of Agriculture in Shillong.
Intelligent Advisory System for Farmers (IASF) and IASF Mobile Service has been launched on 13th July 2012 at the Conference Hall of Agriculture Director, Imphal.
The IASF access points in Manipur includes All Manipur Progressive Farmers' Associa-tion (AMPFA) head office, Keishampat Junction; YPFA head office, Sagolband Meino Leirak; IFAD head office, Senapati; ARDWE office, Keinou; WSDC office, Khang-sim village; RNBA office, Langol and Green Foundation office, Bishnupur Bazar.