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Training programme on KVK-Net and vKVK at ICRISAT and Raichur on 10-12 September 2011

Report on Training programme on KVK-Net and vKVK

                                 Introduction

A training programme was organized by the agropedia team, IIT-Kanpur, at ICRISAT on 10 September 2011 and Raichur on 12 September 2011. This was a training session at ICRISAT and Raichur on the two websites KVK-Net (Krishi Vigyan Knowledge -Networks) and vKVK (virtual Krishi Vigyan Kendra) especially designed for the KVK experts.  5 members participated in the training programme from ICRISAT and 10 KVK experts, 3 SRF, 5 Director Extension participated in the training programme. The agropedia team included two agricultural experts Sharwan Shukla and Suneel Pandey who visited ICRISAT and Raichur to provide training to the scientists.

Suneel Pandey of IIT-K gave a demonstration on KVK-Net portal (Krishi Vigyan Knowledge -Networks) and vKVK (virtual Krishi Vigyan Kendra). KVK-Net is an Agricultural Knowledge sharing platform which is sponsored by ICAR and is developed by ZPD-4 and IIT- Kanpur. It is meant for the experts at KVK and has interaction tools Blogs, Discussion Board, Event, Community, Chat and Private message. KVK-Net is a platform designed for the experts at KVKs for sharing information and experiences and where the experts of one region can interact with the experts of other region. Currently, it is planned to launch in U.P and Uttaranchal region only. After, its success it is planned to extend to the other states of India also. On the other hand, vKVK is a platform that connects KVKs with farmers through internet and mobile technology. It has SMS and Voice messages facility which facilitates effective and efficient functioning of KVKs as an agro-advisory service provider.

                                            Presentation on KVK-Net

In his presentation he explained 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. He focused on the basic features of the vKVK (virtual Krishi Vigyan Kendra) platform. He 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.

                             

Hands on session

The demo was followed by the Hands on session. In this session the participants browsed through KVK-Net and the vKVK platforms and created their own account. They went through all the features of provided in the platform and also uploaded some contents and created their own blog entries. This session is mainly conducted to keep a check that the users do not face any difficulty in accessing the site.

Feedback

1. Include multilingual editor (from agropedia) into vKVK.

2. In vKVK, there should be a downloading option for SMS and voice messages. This would help in creating a repository.

3. Allocating time schedules to the messages, so that the farmer receives them at proper time as per his/her convenience.

4. If a farmer misses a call, time gap between the calls should be more, atleast 30 minutes.

5. Introductory statement in voice calls should be removed. Individual KVKs can start their messages with their KVK name in their local language.

6. In SMS, rather than using LM-VKVK, it should reflect LM-"KVK Name".Eg. LM-KVK KanpurDehat.

7. Efforts should be made regarding obtaining feedback from the farmers with respect to the calls received, calls rejected, duration for which calls were attended etc. Feedback can be sought using the questions just after he voice message or in separate message as per the requirement.

8. Filters should be available for segregating SMS/Voice messages as per the date of creation, district etc.

9. Only the creator of the messages should be allowed to view his/her messages, exception being the higher/monitoring authorities.