Ensuring Desirable Agricultural Services to Farmers’ Doorstep Digitally in Time through Quick Agriculture & Information Service (QAIS) System/Krishoker Digital Thikana
The paper aims at presenting an innovative system of technology transfer or extension system that based on ICT based technique and provides information from different research organization to farmers’ doorstep. A pilot project was implemented at Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj district. Through this project, agricultural services extended to farmers’ doorstep in digital way i.e. by the use of ICT. After implementation, farmers can get their agricultural services from four categories of stakeholders (alternative service partners) who live nearer to rural areas. Four categories of stakeholders were UDC entrepreneur, NGO representatives, fertilizer & seed dealers/traders and advanced farmers. The service partners provide agriculture and information services using Quick Agriculture & Information System (QAIS) software which is mostly renowned as “Krishoker Digital Thikana”. Farmers and interested people can also get the information using QAIS software through own android mobile phone. Thus, farmers can get accurate agriculture and information services quickly at doorstep through GONGO partnership using ICTs. Finally, “The quick transfer of up-to-date, research based agricultural technologies to farmers’ door without or minimum cost and visit results in higher and sustainable production of crops which ultimately increases food security and improves the livelihood of farmers, their families and country. The proposed system will assist the government to provide services and accessibility of proper digital contents for not only the farmers but also the researchers and other peoples who are interested in this sector.