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Training/Workshop on agropedia, vKVK and KVK-Net being held on 25 November, 2011 at UAS-Raichur

Report on Training/Workshop on agropedia, vKVK and KVK-Net

Introduction

A training workshop was organized by UAS-Raichur at their university on 25 November, 2011. Mr. Suneel Pandey from the agropedia team conducted the workshop. The workshop was on three platforms agropedia, KVK-Net and vKVK. The main aim stands to let people know about this agricultural website browse it and seek the benefit out of it. The workshop was organized with a view to create awareness among the agricultural people and the community as a whole. Overall 55 participants attended the training workshop program. The workshop was divided in two morning and evening sessions. In the morning session there were 15 participants, a demo and training on vKVK and KVK-Net was conducted for the experts from extension centers and watershed development board and in the evening session 40 faculty members participated in the training program and a demo was conducted on agropedia and vKVK. 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. With the joint efforts and cooperation of the institute the workshop was a successful event.

Presentation on agropedia

Mr. Suneel Pandey demonstrated the whole site of agropedia. In this session he primarily focuses 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 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.

  • IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system is developed: In this system three phone numbers are provided through which the registered farmers and experts can interact with each other.

(i)     E2F (Expert to Farmers) - 0512-3090900  

(ii)    E2E (Expert to Experts) - 0512-3090901

(iii)   F2E (Farmer to Expert) - 0512-3090902

  • E2F is Expert to Farmers based service. The registered KVK experts can directly record the agri alerts/advices through mobile phones and send to registered farmers in there zone.
  • F2E is Farmers to Expert based service. In this system the registered farmers can directly call the KVK experts of their region and tell their problems.
  • E2E is Expert to Experts based service. The registered KVK Scientist can interact to all the registered KVK Scientist

The Hands On session

The last session of our training workshop was The Hands On session. In this session the participants browse through the websites. The participants browse through the whole site and get familiar to the site, its features and functions. They are trained practically on the total 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.