Tvm: e-Krishi, the flagship e-governance project of the Agriculture Department, is all set to extend its database of farmers to all Panchayats in Kerala. At present, the project which is being implemented by Akshaya under the Kerala State IT Mission in association with the Local Self Government Department covers 179 Panchayats in 10 Districts.
This was announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Shri Mullakara Ratnakaran today while receiving the Manthan South Asia Award 2010 won by e-Krishi. The project had won the award under the e-Agriculture and Livelihood category on December 18, 2010 at New Delhi. Briefing the media, the Minister said, “The Manthan Award is a great recognition for the e-Krishi project which is beneficial to the farming community.” The Minister later handed over the award to Dr. C K Peethambaran, Project Consultant of e-Krishi.
The e-Krishi project aims at facilitating and enabling farmers and other stakeholders through IT enabled Agri-Business Centres to interact with agricultural service providers in the private, government and non-government sectors. The e-Krishi initiative shows how government agencies can partner with community organisations like self-help groups and farmer’s clubs to develop ICT-enabled local agriculture services that can empower the citizens.
The project had earlier won the CSI Nihilent e-Governance Award in 2009. The e-Krishi portal, being managed by the Technopark based IIITM-K, gives Farm Advisory Services, Agri Market Info and Resource Library.
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