Direct2Farm Newsletter Volume 5 is published

This volume covers about climate smart interventions and the role of mobile technology. Beside this, it has also covered interesting stories from various projects. To read the newsletter, click the link below
Direct2Farm Newsletter Volume 5

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Training of NVA fellows for CAN program

NVA fellows in the training of CAN program

NVA fellows in the training of CAN program

Training program was organized on 10th June, 2014 in Amravati for Community Agri-info Network program. NVA fellows from all across Maharashtra participated in the training. The program was mainly about how to handle the calls from farmers which will land up to their mobile phones and how to help the farmers by providing them relevant solution to their problems.

Community Agro-info Network is a joint initiative by CABI and MSSRF which aims to create an agro-info network of farmers in Maharashtra on pilot basis. The program is a part of the major project mKisan. In this program, the NVA fellows, who are community leaders and also progressive farmers, will aid in creating a network. They will help the farmers in getting solution to farm related various queries with the help of Direct2Farm knowledge repository and the national experts.

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

mKisan service in 6 states

Farmer's field

Service is successfully running in 6 states

mKisan service is up and running successfully in all the target six states viz. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Under this service, information is disseminated to farmers through mobile phone in the form Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Farmer can easily avail the information on various package of practices related different crops , including information plant protection and information related livestock by using this service.

mKisan

                                                                                                                                                  

An initiative to empower the farmers

The mKisan is a project which is launched with the support of mFarmer Initiative Challenge Fund (where mFarmer project is part of the International mAgri fund of the GSMA development fund)

In India, the project will be executed by a consortium  involving four partners: Handygo (Lead partner)-Mobile value Added Service Provider, CABI-Content Partner, ILRI-Content Partner and Digital Green-Content Partner (agri-extension videos).

Here, CABI will be contributing by providing scientifically validated and actionable information on agriculture to enable the farmers to take informed decision. This will be done through the it acclaimed and acknowledged Direct2Farm repository.

Partners will jointly endeavour to develop a comprehensive agro-advisory service which can address various problems of our agrarian society and particularly the small-holder farmers.

The goal of project is to facilitate access to valued agricultural information and advice to our poor farmers through mobile phones, which they can use to increase their productivity and incomes.

mKisan aims to reach about 1,000,000 smallholder farmers in 6 states of India over a 24 month implementation period. Under this project 6 major states will be covered they are: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.