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NARS Role in ICTs Use in Agriculture. -Presentation at National Seminar on ICTs for Agriculture and Development, DAIICT, December 17, 2004. Lecture plan. Current status Delivery models Critical success factors How to march ahead ?. ICTs use in rural India. e-commerce

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Nars role in icts use in agriculture

NARS Role in ICTs Use in Agriculture

-Presentation at National Seminar on ICTs for Agriculture and Development, DAIICT, December 17, 2004

Lecture plan

Lecture plan

  • Current status

  • Delivery models

  • Critical success factors

  • How to march ahead ?

Icts use in rural india

ICTs use in rural India

  • e-commerce

  • Rural networking

  • Education & training

  • Social and policy issues

  • Indigenous knowledge

  • GIS - remote sensing

  • Decision support systems

Experiences on icts use

Experiences on ICTs use . .

  • Phone main device for accessing voice info

  • Internet - often e-mail for communication

  • Bandwidth not available and costly

  • Serious concern on first mile issue

  • Focus low on knowledge sharing

  • Rhetoric on reaching underprivileged

  • Extensive institutional support

Learning from ict projects

Learning from ICT projects

Positive feature of icts use

Positive feature of ICTs use

  • Number of ICT projects in rural areas

  • High population density

  • Potential for economies of scale

  • Societal acceptance

  • Capacity in use of IT

  • Wide spread NGO net work

  • Widespread use of English

India vision

India vision

Vision ICTs in 6 lakh villages by 2007

Networking Yes. Up to 50%

Trained personnelYes

Information access No



  • Inculcate confidence in the use of ICT

  • Gender perspective in content

  • Capacity building in women

  • Content in local languages

  • Compile locally relevant best practices

  • Affordable ICT resources & bandwidth

  • Policy on rural kiosks



  • Active NARS participation must for ICTs success for rural development

  • Need for demand driven extension

  • New ICTs catalyze the role of extension

Naarm role

NAARM role

  • Pilot project with NGO Partnership

  • First mile issue

  • Manpower development in NARS

  • Coordination for exchange of information

Assessment of select agri portals

Assessment of select agri-portals

Agri gateway to india

Agri Gateway to India


Indian Agri info; Databases on agri institutions, experts, women;

Learning resources;


Delivery models

Delivery models

  • Institutions going on-line

    • NARS institutions putting up their own systems in place

    • Content not ready and will take long time

  • Service centers

    • Information kiosks by public/private agencies

    • Multiple services : payment, certificates, advices

    • Coordination and shared vision with NARS

  • Regional network by state

    • Strong political will

    • Fundamentally strong with a structure and purpose

Critical success factors

Critical success factors

  • Strong political & admn. leadership

  • Clearly identified goals and benefits

  • Respect to existing systems procedures

  • Sound central plan

  • Out sourced technical support

  • Potential source for new employment



  • Public-private partnerships : Public to provide information and Private to provide maintenance of infrastructure

  • Content centric approach for NARS

  • IT policy on rural connectivity

Thank you

Thank you

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