ENGAGING FARMERS, ENRICHING KNOWLEDGE: AGROPEDIA II :: PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR


  • Project Category
    : Best ICT-enabled Agriculture Initiative of the Year

    Details of Applicant :

    Name: LINGAPPA HUGAR
    Address: UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, LINGASUGUR ROAD
    City: RAICHUR
    State: KARNATAKA
    Country: INDIA
    ZIP Code : 584 102

    Details of Project/Implementing Agency:

    Name of OrganisationPRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
    Address: NAIP-AGROPEDIA ii PROJECT, COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
    City: RAICHUR
    State: KARNATAKA
    Country: INDIA

    Name of the Head of Organisation: DR. B.V PATIL

    Web : https://www.uasr.edu.in

    Brief description of the programme/project/initiative :

    At present, the conventional agricultural extension system with one-to-one approach or one-to-mass approach using traditional communication methods like training, demonstration, etc. face major problems in transforming the agricultural knowledge / technology from lab to land. The challenges are quick, timely, relevant, customized, cost effective transfer of knowledge to farmers and other stakeholders in agriculture. To over come these challenges, the ICT which includes the internet and mobile network has the potential to manage the large volume of agril. Knowledge and provide agro information services that are affordable, relevant, searchable and updated form to large number of stakeholders in agriculture. In this connection, Agriculture Universities and IT institutions like, UAS, Raichur and IIT Kanpur have developed a unique IT platform called “ Agropedia Indica” which not only provides an opportunity to share agriculture knowledge but also connect farmer to expert directly.

    Why was the project started?

    The NARS organization in India have over the time developed content in English and regional languages in support of extension and education. Such repository of knowledge in text and hard copy could not be shared across the country among different stakeholders. However, its availability in digital format or media is highly limited at present. Most of the farming community do not get timely advisory from the expert due to lack of proper communication channels and problems specific solutions. Further, the knowledge sharing among the experts of agriculture institutions, stakeholders, entrepreneurs, etc. is lacking. Hence, it is a challenge to develop a system to mitigate the above problems. Thus, it was thought that the ICT mediated knowledge management would overcome the present challenges and facilitate in sharing of knowledge.

    Objective:

    1) To build, demonstrate and sustain a model agricultural knowledge organization and system in support of extension in India and globally.
    2) To develop knowledge models and extension content of important agriculture and horticulture crops.
    3) To develop virtual extension activity in the form of advisory service through mobile telephony.
    4) To develop platform for connecting all the extension personnel in India and globe

    Target Group:

    AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION WORKERS, SCIENTISTS, TEACHERS, PROGRESSIVE FARMERS:ALL STAKE HOLDERS IN AGRICULTURE

    Please Specify reach within India :  ALL INDIA IN GENERAL KARNATAKA , ANDRA PRADESH AND UTTAR PRADESH IN PARTICULAR

    Please Specify reach outside India : OPEN TO ALL OVER WORLD. HOWEVER, AFRICAN FARMERS, EXTENSION WORKERS ACCESSING AGROPEDIA WEBSITE IN PARTICULAR

    Date from which the project became operational : 2008

    Is the Project still operational : YES

    10 points that make the programme/project initiative :

    1. The extension content of the major crops developed in local languages can be scaled through all over India so that the entire farming community can make use of it.
    2. The crop advisory services which at present covering Karnataka, Uttarpradesh and Uttarnchal can be scaled up to other states of India.
    3. The technologies developed by the experts can be made adoptable by farmers and stakeholders across the globe.
    4. The networking which is at present only restricted to extension personnel of 90 KVKs can be scaled up to link all the 610 KVKs of India.
    5. The “Agropedia” platform with related networks is likely to be taken by DKMA, ICAR, New Delhi and is intended to spread its usage across the country over the years.
    6. Developed a huge repository of multilingual multimodel extension content / knowledge of various field and horticulture crops in addition to animal husbandry.
    7. Established a unique network for Farmer to Farmer (F to F), Farmer to Expert (F to E) & E to E through Agropedia net.
    8. Developed a unique repository called “Gyandhara” which contains the indigenes technology / knowledge of the farmers.
    9. Developed a unique question and answer forum called Agro Forum for the benefit of the farming community.
    10. Carried out the capacity building of all stakeholders including scientists, extension workers, progressive farmers, teachers, students on use of ICTs in agriculture.


    List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

    1. Crop advisory services in the form of text SMS and Voice SMS has been sent to more than 20,000 registered farmers in Karnataka, Andrapradesh, Uttaranchal and Uttarpradesh.
    2. Developed extension content to 12 major crops viz., chickpea, jowar, paddy, sugarcane, pigeonpea, chilli, pomegranate, cotton, etc.
    3. Developed knowledge models, KM 1.0 and KM 2.0 for chickpea, jowar, paddy, sugarcane, pigeonpea, chilli, pomegranate, cotton which facilitates in intelligent search of knowledge under Agropedia.
    4. Capacity building of more than 5000 stakeholders including scientists, extension personnel, students, teachers, NGOs, Officers, progressive farmers of Karnataka, Andhrapradesh, Uttaranchal and Uttarpradesh.
    5. The impact assessment indicated that majority (52%) of the farmers have made use of the advisory knowledge in cultivation and benefited.  The efficiency of extension personnel of KVKs improved by use of Agropedia platform.


    List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative :

    1. Developing crop knowledge model for intelligent search was a challenge. This was overcome through series of workshops involving all the experts of the crop.
    2. Developing the extension content in multimedia mode especially videos and photos was a major challenge.  This was overcome by outsourcing video and audio recording, dubbing, etc in addition to training of project staff on multimedia and its application.
    3.  Providing text SMS in local font is another challenge.  This was overcome by encouraging voice messages.
    4.  Difficulty in collecting compilation of agriculture knowledge from different organizations / institutions.  This was overcome through persuasion, awareness, sensitization of concerned official of the different organizations.
    5. Lack of storage of voice SMS is a major challenge which is yet to be resolved.


    List the 5 points how can the programme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

    1.  It is unique model which act as agriculture knowledge repository across the crops / subjects, locations which can be easily managed through semantic search.
    2. This model provides the crop advisory and alerts through voice SMS in local language facilitating the farmers to adopt the knowledge.
    3.  It creates an environment of sharing the knowledge among experts, farmers and entrepreneurs.
    4.  It provides a network among extensional personnel of most of the KVKs in India.
    5. Provides a complete crop information in the farm of multimedia and multilingual.


    List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative :

    1. The extension content of the major crops developed in local languages can be scaled through all over India so that the entire farming community can make use of it.
    2. The crop advisory services which at present covering Karnataka, Uttarpradesh and Uttarnchal can be scaled up to other states of India.
    3. The technologies developed by the experts can be made adoptable by farmers and stakeholders across the globe.
    4. The networking which is at present only restricted to extension personnel of 90 KVKs can be scaled up to link all the 610 KVKs of India.
    5. The “Agropedia” platform with related networks is likely to be taken by DKMA, ICAR, New Delhi and  is intended to spread its usage across the country over the years.

     

Address: Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd., Stellar IT Park, 7A/7B, 5th floor, Annexe Building, C-25, Sector 62, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301
Contact No: +91-120-4812600.
Web: www.eletsonline.com