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Training on agropedia, KVK-Net, VKVK at JNKVV, Jabalpur on 2 November, 2011

Report on Training/Workshop on agropedia portal at JNKVV, Jabalpur

Introduction

The IIT-Kanpur agropedia team organized a training workshop on the three platforms agropedia, at Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, a deemed university, Jabalpur on 2 November, 2011.With the joint efforts and cooperation of the institute the workshop was a successful event. The workshop was organized with a view to create awareness among the agricultural people and the community as a whole. The main aim stands to let people know about this agricultural website browse it and seek the benefit out of it. Overall 33 participants attended the training workshop which included agricultural students and some of the faculty members who also showed keen interest by attending the whole workshop and knowing about agropedia. The training workshop turned out to be a successful one as it created a state of curiosity among the agricultural group of people. The participants looked very enthusiastic and waited patiently for the next session of the training workshop.

                                                           

In the beginning of the workshop Dr. Gautam Kalloo, Vice Chancellor of the institute gave a warm welcome speech and focused on the present scenario of agriculture and its allied sector. Prof. Pahlwan gave a brief idea of agropedia portal, and focused on the components, features and the utility of the portal to the participants of the workshop. He also remarked the past training and workshops organized and conducted by the agropedia team at various locations and universities in India. Dr. H.K. Hardaha, Director Extension helped in organizing the workshop at their university.

The IIT-K agropedia team members who conducted the workshop included agricultural experts Dr. Sharwan Shukla, Dr. Vinod Kumar and Mr. Suneel Pandey.

Presentation on agropedia

In this session we primarily focus in providing training to the workshop participants on how to use the agropedia website. In this session the participants are given practical training of how to operate the agropedia site as well as were our main objective stands to make the users familiar with the contents and features of the website so that one can able to click on the right link and on the webpage in order to quickly and easily access the right information. During the training session the participants saw the 'knowledge models' of various crops created by the NAIP partners.  Then to the Extension Material which consists of 'library' where one can search information specific to their need, and add information to it. Further we moved on to 'crop calendar' and 'dos and don'ts' and described the knowledge contained. Training was also provided on the preparation of knowledge models on different crop varieties based on the guidelines prepared by our agricultural scientists.

After teaching the methods of receptive interaction, we shifted towards the training of contributive interaction with the agropedia website. During this session, the features of web pages titled 'agroblog', 'agrowiki', 'forum', 'agrochat' and 'users discussion' were demonstrated and explained. Here the participants were trained on different methods to participate in contributing knowledge to the agropedia. The participants were guided on uploading contents to agrowiki & Library, uploading images, writing a blog entry and forum and online chatting facility through agrochat.

                                

Presentation on KVK-Net

KVK-Net - (Krishi Vigyan Knowledge Network) a new platform developed for the KVK Scientists. It is a common platform where the experts at one KVK can interact with experts at other KVKs distributed throughout the country.

In the presentation Suneel Pandey showed the various functional features of KVK-Net. This platform has various options which make it interactive. To register in the portal one has to first create his account. User can send and receive messages, create blogs & discussion forums, comment on blogs & forums of other people and chat with other users online. Events can be created to schedule a meeting or workshop. Events are followed by Community. Under community there are seven sections in total which includes Corp Science, Horticulture, Extension, HSc. & Economics, NRM, Agriculture Engineering, Animal Husbandry and Fishery. Users can discuss issues as per the community in the relevant community page, like in crop science community the users can talk about all the crops, in the animal husbandry community people can discuss on the disease which affect animals and so on. To honour and recognize the Achievements, a separate page has been created with the sections Innovation and Success Story, where a user can write his/her success stories and share their experiences with others. Discussion Board is a forum, where a user can post any query. The KVK Directory consists of zone wise distribution of all the Krishi Vigyan Kendra's situated in India. The users can click on the links and can get detail information of the KVK of that particular zone. Users Location shows the place and the area a users belongs to. Any user one can send messages through Private messages and in the Message section a user can check his sent and received messages. The users can interact with the online users through chat. A chat window opens as you click on the name of the online user's. Any user can send invitation through Invite a friend and recommend a friend to join KVK-Net platform.

Presentation on vKVK

This was followed by a demonstration on vKVK. vKVK is a platform that connects KVKs with farmers through internet and mobile technology. vKVK aims at sending crop and location specific advisory and alert messages to farmers. Its SMS and Voice messages facility facilitates effective and efficient functioning of KVKs as an agro-advisory service provider. He focused on the basic features of the vKVK (virtual Krishi Vigyan Kendra) platform and demonstrated the method of sending messages to the progressive and general farmers. It is a platform that provides facilities like sending messages i.e. text messages and voice messages directly to the progressive and general category farmers for the services which includes sending advisory, alert and private messages. The messages are created according to zone, and then they are forwarded to the farmers of that particular zone. The platform is created with view to help farmers and guide them to follow the proper cropping system, irrigation system, and the precautions to be taken if any disease spread, insect damage, sudden changes in climatic conditions like drought, flood etc is forecasted.

vKVK now stands for voice-KVK as well not just virtual KVK. In here, we have E2F, F2E, E2E (E for expert, F for farmer) voice channels which work entirely through any phone. No need for internet connectivity at all and these services are available over a browser as well.

E2F service has been adopted immediately by the KVK scientists and is being used heavily.

The Hands On session

The last session of our training workshop was The Hands On session. In this session the participants get chance to browse through the agropedia site. The participants browse through the whole site and get familiar to the site, its features and functions. They are trained practically on the usage of the site, the methods of creating account, uploading content, uploading image in content, writing comment or replying to a comment, creating wikipage, blog entry, and forum topic, agrochat, using multilingual editor and inviting their friend on agropedia. Some of the participants even shared their experiences in agroblog, agrowiki and raised queries in agroforum. In this session the participants access the portal on their own and check the features, functions and usage of the site demonstrated earlier.

Quiz Session

After sharing the practical knowledge a small quiz session was arranged by the agropedia team were the participants are asked to clear their doubts in the way of question and answer forum. The agropedia team raises questions based on the agropedia site and ask the participants to answer. The participants are awarded with agropedia goodies for the every right answer. Ultimately this session remained the most enjoyable and interactive part of the whole workshop.