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PAMETI trained officials in Information Technology tools (06-09 August, 2019)

   Punjab Agricultural Management & Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) in collaboration with Extension Education Institute (EEI), Nilokheri organized a workshop on “ICT enabled agriculture extension for customized services” from 06-09 August, 2019 in which 40 participants from state agriculture and allied departments, ATMA, PAMETI and KVKs participated.

    Ms. Bharti Madan, Deputy Director (IT), PAMETI explained that the purpose of the workshop was to impart IT skills to extension officials so that they can use the IT tools and technologies for providing timely agricultural knowledge to farmers.

   Dr Labh Singh, Director, EEI Nilokheri inaugurated the workshop and urged the trainees to actively participate in the programme and keenly learn the various IT topics. Dr H S Dhaliwal, Director PAMETI stressed that there is a lack of extension staff as compared to the number of farmers they have to address. So, there is a great need to use Information Technology for reaching out more number of farmers in less time.

   Dr S R Verma, faculty from EEI, introduced the term Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to the participants and explained its importance in agriculture and allied areas. He also discussed different IT tools which may be used for gathering data from farmers. Various mobile applications were also discussed by him. Dr V P Sharma, Director (IT) Retd, MANAGE, Hyderabad shared his experiences about various ICT initiatives for agricultural knowledge delivery through his videoconferencing session. Production of short duration videos and use of social network was also part of the workshop.

   Practical sessions were organized for hands-on experience with various IT tools for knowledge acquisition, organization and sharing. Special emphasis was given on use of web based knowledge portals like Farmers portal, mkisan, Vikaspedia and AGMARKET. An exposure visit to AIR FM Gold Radio Station, Ludhiana was also arranged where trainees interacted with the experts and learned about how to write script for radio programmes. They also participated in the mock session on radio talk. Participants actively took part in the workshop and were advised to share their learnings with colleagues in their respective offices, implement the concepts learned and help the farmers.

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