Visit of Janny Vos to a regional office of IKSL

Janny Vos, interacting with IKSL people

Janny Vos, CABI’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, visited India in May and travelled
to one of the regional offices of IKSL located in Chandigarh. The regional office covers
the three north Indian states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. During her visit, Dr Vos
spent time with both the Content Team and the Kisan Call Centre team, understanding
how they work in delivering the agro-advisory service. She saw how content is developed
and disseminated to the farmers according to their information needs, which can vary
by season and crop. The content has to account for the wide variety of crops grown in
the region, such as cereals & fruit, and must also be aligned with crop calendars. She
also saw how the helpline service works and provides advice to farmers based both on previous
experience and on the factsheets that have been developed by CABI under Direct2Farm.
Lastly, she learned about a special phone-in program that runs once a week and a
quiz for farmers operated through the service.  At the end, Dr Vos was highly impressed with the scale and thoroughness of the implementation of the IKSL service.

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Content Workshop

Eastern Zone trainigParticipants from EZ

Participative training program organised for the content teams 

of Eastern Zone and Northern Zone 

On 11 March, 2013 and on 10 April, 2013, Content Workshops were organised for two zones viz. Eastern zone and Northern zone respectively by IKSL in association with CABI. The program was focussed on developing good content management practices. Entire program was conducted in 5 different modules.

On 11 March, in  Bhubaneswar program was organised for Eastern zone, where content team and sales team from Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal participated. For Northern zone, the program was organised in Chandigarh, where the content team of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan participated.

Participants felt that the entire program was quite interesting, informative and participatory.  They shared that the various modules in the program have helped them to provide in depth insight about content management practices, this would help them in building robust knowledge management system.

Participants from NZTraining program for NZ

Harpal Singh’s success story

Farmer made  INR 7000 (USD 140) extra profit by spending INR 330 (USD 6)

Harpal Singh

Farmer’s Name: Harpal Singh, Lives in: Meerut, in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, Agro-advisory service user of IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL).

Harpal Singh shared his experience with us.

Harpal Singh is a smallholder farmer. Harpal primarily grows sugarcane, mustard and wheat, he is using IKSL’s agro-advisory service from past 8 months and he feels good after using this service as this agro-advisory service has become the main source of information for him and has proved to be beneficial. His profit has increased by 50% after using this service. He likes to use helpline service and shares the information with other farmers in his village.

Harpal shared his two experiences where he achieved major benefit from IKSL service. He spent INR 300 in spraying of sulphur in his mustard field and he earned approximately INR 7000 (USD 140) more from what he used to earn before using sulphur. Sulphur basically helps in increasing the percentage of oil in oilseeds and also results in fuller grain size It also beneficial for controlling and preventing fungal diseases in oilseeds.

In the second instance he said that he faced sugarcane aphid problem in his sugarcane field this year and he contacted IKSL helpline to know how to control this insects. The advisory helped him to handle the problem and save his sugarcane crop. This year he has realized 25% extra profit from sugarcane crop.

To summarize, Harpal really happy and do not have any worry because he knows that IKSL helpline is always there to help him in his  everyday farm problems. He suggested that the every farmer should use this service and enjoy the benefits