Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the driving force for the fundamental economic and social revolution. It accelerates globalization, makes access to knowledge and information much easier for the people in respect of: creation of technologies (~IPR divide), diffusion of old innovation (~extension divide) and diffusion of human skills (~educational divide) for rural prosperity. To achieve knowledge society in agriculture, the following to happen
An agriculture information centre in each village;
Interactive exchange of information for planning and day-to-day
operations by farmers
Availability of all the extension and advisory services on
The Vision 2020 document of the Department of Agriculture and Co-operation envisages that "the tools of ICT will provide networking of Agriculture Sector not only in the country but also globally and the Centre and State Government Departments will have reservoir of databases" and also "bring farmers, researchers, scientists and administrators together by establishing "Agriculture Online" through exchange of ideas and information".
The National Conference on Informatics for Sustainable Agriculture Development (ISDA) organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and National Informatics Centre (NIC), in May 1995, has given much needed "roadmap" to usher in "ICT led agriculture development" in the country. The National Agricultural Policy (2000) lays emphasis on the use of ICT for achieving a more rapid development of Agriculture.
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