“ICT has many potential applications in delivering agricultural extension and can bring new information services to rural areas.”Discuss
The potential of information & communication technology could play a crucial role in delivering agricultural extension and can bring new information services to rural areas. Precision farming is the result of the direct contribution of agriculture technology for farm productivity.
The indirect tools will enable a farmer to make instant decisions which will have a positive impact on the way agriculture and allied activities are conducted. Indian farmers essentially require timely and reliable sources of information inputs for taking decisions. The present way of decision making is not upto the mark and very slow and unreliable in nature. The environmental change faced by the agricultural activity and the Indian farmers makes information not just useful but also required to remain competitive.
The major ICT tools for the agricultural sector are personal computers, mobile telephones, and other telecommunication devices. It provides information services to rural areas. It could help in the following way
- Providing agriculture Information, awareness, and education with the help of ICT.
- Providing necessary information about weather conditions to the farmers, to take precautionary measures.
- Real-time data for pricing and market information.
- Information dissemination about related government schemes.
- Information related to agrifinance, agriclinics and agribusiness.
The Government initiatives to promote use of ICT in the agricultural sector include National e-Governance Plan in Agriculture, Touch Screen Kiosks, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Kisan Call Centres, Agri-Clinics, Common Service Centers, mKisan, Kisan TV, and various other applications.