Informatics in Agriculture - The Cyber Way

Jitendra Singh Tomar

Abstract


Agriculture Extension have seen a wide range of reform initiatives in India in the current time enabling efficient access to quality information to the farmers in Rural India, especially in the field of Agriculture.

This paper aims to divulge how Information Technology has enabled the fast and accurate routines of information processing that vanguard the basic analysis and knowledge development of farmers in India. The engrossment of technology with the Agricultural System in India is important from the economic outlook too; a large share of our National Income comes from agriculture and Indian economy is considered to be Agrarian Economy. In addition, the use of technology is transporting various forms of information to all sections of society and is bridging the Gap of Socio-Economic Divide. The rise in agro-based rural communities is possible using Cyber Extension, which also initiates growth and prosperity and these communities, in turn, could be connected across various demography in India giving rise to knowledge network.

The paper appraises some distinctive agricultural extension programs in India by considering their ability to provide and facilitate information sharing and its use in farming communities in various regions in India.

This paper bestows a munificent overview of the current extension vista in India and provides a synthesis of various Agricultural Extension Programs. Each Project is meant to reach the small hold farmers in most remote part of country and share the information and knowledge in the most relevant manner to fulfill the needs of these marginal and small hold farmers. The utilization of Cyber Extension through Diffusion of ICT is a key to this.


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