21 April 2010
Union Minister for Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Sharad Pawar today inaugurated e-Krishi Vigyan Kendra Network Operation Centre at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) headquarters. Minister of State for Agriculture Prof. K.V. Thomas also graced the occasion.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General, ICAR and Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agriculture Extension) briefed operation and activities of the facility to the Agriculture Minister. Shri Pawar also inaugurated renovated office and terrace of Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board in the presence of Dr. C.D. Mayee, Chairman.
The e- facility is expected to foster an enabling environment to KVKs for developing partnerships and collaborations between scientists and farmers for sharing appropriate technologies, best practices and innovative ideas among all stakeholders. The facility will provide internet access to global e-content on agriculture and development of KVKs web pages with user-friendly information such as FAQs, weather forecasting, calendar of activities etc.
A two ways audio and one way video multicasting and broadcasting will further facilitate and strengthen communication bond between stakeholders. It will also provide computer generated agro-advisory alerts to mobile phone holder farmers and other stakeholders in the district.
Initially the e-linkage facility has been created at 192 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and all the 8 Zonal Project Directorates located across the country and gradually it will broaden its range of reach.
(Source: NAIP sub-project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)