9th June, 2021, New Delhi
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi and Digital India Corporation, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here today.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) stated that the integration of the “Interactive Information Dissemination System (IIDS) of DIC and KisanSarathi Platform” of ICAR will provide the farmers with better extension services. The Director General said that an inbuilt mechanism for analyzing the queries of farmers will help in identifying the location-specific problems, develop regional planning and provide quality solutions.
Regarding the KisanSarathi as an innovative concept, Shri Sanjay Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) stressed that the collaboration with DIC will help in providing the demand-based advisory on the line of Telemedicine system. Shri Singh opined to make such services available in local language also, preferably in audio form.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR and Shri Vinay Thakur, Chief Operating Officer, National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Digital India Corporation signed the MoU on the behalf of their respective organizations.
Dr. Singh accentuated that the initiative will provide the farmers with a two-way communication in collaboration with the DIC. He stressed that the unanswered queries will be recorded and answered at a convenient time.
Shri Abhishek Singh, C.E.O., DIC stated about the request by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Akola led to the initiation of the MoU and provide such facilities to all the KVKs in local language. He accentuated that the DIC will provide technological expertise and ICAR will be a knowledge partner in the collaboration.
The senior officials of ICAR and DIC were also present during the occasion.
(Source: Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi)