The government has announced its plans to establish ICT based Agriculture Information and Communication Centres in over 250 Upazilas to help farmers with easy access to vital information. The project will be implemented under the National ICT Infra-Network for Government Phase II Project (InfoSarker) under ICT Division.
Already, 254 farmers’ clubs in as many Upazilas have been selected based on several criteria: communications facilities, availability of electricity, clubs’ own premises etc. These 254 farmers’ associations were chosen from 14,000 farmers’ associations to turn those as ICT-based AICCs.
“ICTs can play very important role in bridging information gaps, and that’s why the government is going to set up 254 more AICCs to expand e-Krishi in rural areas.”
ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmad Palak stated, “ICTs can play very important role in bridging information gaps, and that’s why the government is going to set up 254 more AICCs to expand e-Krishi in rural areas.”
Access to information such as land use, selection of agricultural crops etc are vital in helping farmers make complex decisions regarding their cultivation. Emphasizing that the agro sector is fast becoming knowledge intensive, the State Minister added that the government is dedicated to promoting ICT usage in the country, and as part of that commitment, is focusing on ICT innovation for improving agricultural production and enhancing value chains.
As part of the intiative, the InfoSarkar project also organized a workshop at Bangladesh Computer Council auditorium on capacity building of farmers in using ICT.