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    resources of which knowledge is a key one says Paul Van Mele a scientist at the Africa Rice Center Video proved a powerful low cost medium for farmer to farmer extension and to expose rural communities to new ideas and practices Titled The power of video to trigger innovation rice processing in central Benin the study examined the impacts of educational videos featuring early adopting farmers demonstrating the use of new technologies and techniques The study found that when women watched videos featuring fellow farmers demonstrating new techniques they showed better learning and understanding of the technology and creatively applied its central ideas Innovation levels of 72 percent were recorded in villages where women were introduced to improved rice processing techniques by videos compared to 19 percent among farmers who had attended training workshops When women who had attended training workshops watched the videos the innovations recorded shot up to 92 percent Indeed the study found that watching videos spurred greater innovation than did conventional farmer training techniques Notably high levels of creativity 67 percent were recorded among women who did not have access to the rice processing technology featured in the video The adaptations by Benin women to improve rice processing after having watched the video illustrate the power of video to quickly stimulate creativity among rural people who are often seen as much more passive technology consumers says Van Mele Besides being more powerful video was also able to reach more people than conventional training workshops Drawing lessons from a similar rural learning initiative undertaken in Bangladesh the Africa Rice Center with a wide range of partners is using local language videos to train farmers on various facets of rice production and processing in Benin Ethiopia Gambia Ghana Nigeria and Senegal among other countries By last year the

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    the aid of cameras whether the vinyl row covers are open or closed Analysis of this data can be used to optimize temperature and humidity management in the vinyl covered row The start of this project also represents the beginning of the Yamanashi Business Farming Agreement between Fujitsu the Nishi yatsushiro Agricultural Cooperative hereafter JA Nishi yatsushiro and Shunka Ichiba Co Ltd With the goal of contributing to the sustainable use of biological resources such as agricultural products Fujitsu seeks to support primary industries through the application of ICT In 2011 the company installed a farm information sensing network at a vineyard in Koshu in Yamanashi Prefecture in a field trial to determine the best time to pick grapes In addition ensuring that high quality grapes were picked this project was also able to optimize the timing for pest abatement treatments halving the cost of agricultural chemical applications while limiting disease outbreaks Yamanashi Prefecture is seeing a growing number of individuals and corporations that are getting involved in farming While many of them choose to grow sweet corn which is comparatively easy to farm regulating temperature and humidity by opening and closing row covers can be tricky creating need for a way to pass along the know how of experienced farmers Yamanashi Prefecture took note of Fujitsu s successful vineyard project which led to the prefecture Fujitsu JA Nishi yatsushiro and Shunka Ichiba joining forces on a sweet corn growing field trial to test whether farm information sensing networks could effectively solve this problem The data resulting from this field trial will make the innate knowledge of experienced farmers easy to attain thereby making it useful in fostering new farmers and farming corporations Field Trial Overview Fujitsu is deploying a farm information sensing network that it developed in the fields

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    highways by the reefer operators New Delhi In order to curb losses of perishable food items like fruits vegetables fish and meat during their transportation the Indian government on September 11 2014 launched a toll free helpline number to provide assistance to refrigerated carriers or reefers stuck on their way to the markets The first of its kind Reefer Vehicle Call in Centre RVC set up jointly by the government s National Centre for Cold Chain Development NCCD and Mahindra Logistics will provide support for ensuring smooth movement of such perishable food items India s Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that the call centre will help in creating database of common logistical hurdles experienced on highways by the refrigerated truckers The essential link between source and markets is refrigerated transport vehicles which face various challenges The e governance initiative is a step towards improving connectivity of farm produce and enabling better returns to small farmers engaged in the task of growing fruits and vegetables he said Singh said that data collated at the call centre will also help in identifying crime spots on the highways There is a significant delay in movement of reefer vehicles caused by factors like long toll lines document verification and in some parts due to crime he said The minister assured that grievances of truck drivers and transport operators transporting perishable goods will be registered at the call centre The response generated from this exercise will help in devising long term plans and policies to alleviate bottlenecks and thus control inflation in prices of perishable goods in the country he elaborated The round the clock facility toll no 18002676223 is available for all reefers transporting horticultural livestock dairy pharmaceutical and other refrigerated goods The collated information will also be highlighted on a website for

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    to the government Payment will be credited online to the commission agents within 48 hours Chandigarh Waiting for days to get the payment of their produce is now a passé for farmers in Punjab as the state government has implemented an online payment system Punjab Foodgrains Corporation Pungrain and Food Corporation of India FCI have already brought the e Payment system into effect and the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation is expected to implement the system in the next season The Food and Civil supplies Department has tied up with all major nationalised and private sector banks so that commission agents get the payment for the foodgrain procured from the farmers within 48 hours which is in compliance with the state government s directive Pungrain is expected to make a direct online payment to the tune of Rs 5000 to commission agents for procurement of around 4 5 million tonne of paddy through its 648 mandis FCI is operating in over 248 mandis and for the procurement of approximately 13 7 million tonne of paddy we will be making the payment to commission agents only electronically under the financial accounting package FCI Senior Regional Manager Nilkanth S Avhad said TV screens have been installed in over 42 mandis so that commission agents can see when their payment will be cleared by the banks bills submitted by them bills approved by auditors and value of purchase a senior Food and Civil supplies Department official informed The aim is to bring in transparency in the whole system of payment Ultimately farmers will be benefitted from this exercise Details of over 45 000 commission agents with bank details PAN numbers and other information has been recorded At present 50 of commission agents are being paid electronically by next fiscal it would be cent

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    s fishing communities A unique mobile weather forecast service is helping farmers and fishermen decide when to plant water and harvest their crops and fish These accurate and Related topics regions Information Farming India ICTs M Calc An app that predicts crop yields in Kenya Mkulima Calculator M Calc is a web based application that allows farmers in Kenya to predict their crop yields giving them access to statistics on soil Related topics regions ICTs Internet Farming Smart Box for remote villagers in Thailand In an attempt to increase national accessibility to government information and services Electronic Government Agency EGA Thailand will introduce Smart Box Related topics regions Information ICTs Technology SMS alerts on soil health for Indian farmers In the recently held National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif Campaign the Government of Haryana launched a unique SMS alert service that will be used by Related topics regions Farming Agriculture Mobiles Bhutan launches mobile infosystem for farmers The launch of the advanced mobile based information system last week will boost the local farmers income by helping them find the right place to sell their Related topics regions Information Farming Bhutan ICTs Himalayan farmers NGOs launch e discussion The e discussion provides a unique platform for the farmers to dwell on various issues including businesses agriculture tourism and pilgrimage Related topics regions Development India Communications IFPRI and ICAAP launch comprehensive agriculture portal A new knowledge management portal supported by IFPRI ICAAP and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University offers data and best practices to better agri productivity Related topics regions ICTs Access to knowledge Internet Podcasts a community knowledge sharing tool A pilot project in Zimbabwe run by the development charity Practical Action shows that podcasts can work for poor farmers despite many barriers They are Related topics regions Farming Capacity building ICTs

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    Related topics regions Development ICTs Economy Dairy farmers on the web to highlight their plight Dairy operators in California are using social media tools to educate people on farming market pricing and diseases The slumping dairy industry and Related topics regions Communications ICTs Agriculture Economy Bridging growth in times of crisis World Economic Forum s publication b i The Global Information Technology Report 2008 2009 i b underlines the strong correlation between ICT and economic Related topics regions Development ICTs Economy Measuring India s technological competitiveness World Economic Forum s latest publication b i Global Competitiveness Report 2009 10 i b highlights the gaps between innovation and research in the Indian Related topics regions ICTs India Research Africa on a digital ride Undersea fibre optic network Seacom will not only link Africa to the global knowledge economy but also foster infrastructure growth says b Calestous Related topics regions Connectivity Science and Technology Africa Economy Smart Rickshaw mobile app wins innovation prize India s Aadhar Bhalinge is the winner of m2Work a World Bank sponsored online challenge seeking the best ideas for spurring the job creation potential of Related topics regions Innovations Mobiles Economy Solar mobiles speeding up cellphone revolution Penetration of solar mobiles in remote regions has not only brought economic benefits to the users but also to the cellphone makers and operators write Related topics regions Development ICTs Solar Economy Addressing the digital divide UNCTAD s new report b i Information Economy Report 2009 i b highlights the limited access to broadband internet and its impact on economic opportunities Related topics regions Communications ICTs Reforms Economy Smart marketing Knowledge is power and agriculture is no exception Producers who keep track of market prices stand to make more money ICTs particularly mobile phones Related topics regions Innovations ICTs Agriculture Economy

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    Image credits FAO Alessia Pierdomenico FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva The United Kingdom recently signed an agreement with the United Nations food agency to donate 25 million to support a partnership programme that will improve agricultural data available to governments and farmers in developing countries The programme provides an excellent example of how FAO works with partners to translate global information into concrete results at household community and country levels said the Food and Agriculture Organization s FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva in a news release The UK Government s generous support will help deliver enormous benefits to governments around the world and the people they serve The FAO led programme known as the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics will focus on improving governments agricultural statistical systems and will seek to identify innovative approaches to collect analyze and disseminate data This will include the use of digital devices with geo referencing capabilities such as smartphones global positioning systems and satellites Improved information and statistics enables farmers and governments to develop better agricultural policies for eradicating hunger and poverty and makes it easier to monitor changes taking place according to FAO Empowering farmers can change their lives By improving statistics this programme will contribute to this goal Mr Graziano da Silva noted FAO cited Ethiopia as an example of how an upgraded statistical system can bring about change Previously the national crop production estimates of its Ministry of Agriculture and the central statistical agency often differed greatly making it difficult for policymakers to develop sound agricultural policies or to plan food aid allocation and distribution The use of new technologies allowed both departments to improve harvest area measurements yield estimates and market price monitoring The UK s financial contribution which will be donated by

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    EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info UK supports FAO programme to improve agri data access in developing countries A funding partnership with the UK is supporting the Food and Agriculture Organisation to improve availability of agricultural data to governments and farmers Related topics regions Data Agriculture Partnerships 50 years of Information Technology This brief roundup by b Online IT Degree b presents

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