AIP’s mobile solution enhances productivity and farmers’ Income

December 17-18, 2013 | Guwahati, Assam

AIP conducted a workshop on mobile solutions at Assam Agricultural University (AAU) on 17th and 18th December 2013. The two-day long workshop was attended by thirty four representatives from twenty Krishi Vigyan Kendras across Assam, Dr H C Bhattacharya, Director Extension AAU, Dr Utpala Goswami, AAU faculty & coordinator and Agricultural Innovation Partnership representatives from Sathguru Management Consultants. The main objective of the meeting was to decide upon a strategy for scaling up mAIP operations in Assam.

Dr Nath commenced the session by briefing everyone about the application and explaining each of its function. Mr Ananth Murthy gave a small presentation highlighting the achievements of KVKs in mAIP and gave the roadmap for achieving the benchmark for next stage of the project. It was followed by an interactive session where, program coordinators from KVKs who had successfully implemented this application, shared their experiences and put forth their queries and expectations. There was a problem solving session where minor issues were addressed and others were taken note of.

Lack of time and human resource being a major bottleneck for the KVKs was raised during the workshop.  Hereafter, AIP will support KVKs in obtaining human resource, thus putting an end to the issue which was a major bone of contention. Dr Gogoi shared his views on the mobile application with all the participants and laid stress upon the unique topography of North Eastern states and the practical problems faced due to it. Individuals receiving new tablets were trained on using the application and in the meanwhile, others tested the application in the field. Few new tablets were distributed to KVK PCs by Dr H C Bhattacharya, Dr Gogoi and Dr Utpala Goswami, thereby covering all the KVKs affiliated with Assam Agricultural University.

The workshop ended with encouraging words from Dr H C Bhattacharya, thanking everyone for their active participation and motivating them for accomplishing the goals that lay ahead.

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