Extension and information services . Helpful and essential agricultural information such as production guides, databases, directories, visual resources, and market guides are available online to keep extension workers and farmers well-informed and updated. Advisory services . Farmers can easily have their farm problems answered through available experts online, diagnostic tools, text queries, email, forums, and video conferencing. Online learning . The program also provides online training, and diploma and certification programs for those who are interested in furthering their careers in agriculture. Information, education and communication (IEC) . Rice science and technology (S&T) updates, training, and demonstrations will be held to disseminate information to larger audiences.
Usually these are acknowledged outstanding farmers identified, evaluated, and selected based on a specific set of criteria. They collaborate with PCARRD's regional consortium in demonstrating, experimenting, and promoting technologies in agriculture and natural resources.
They will respond to the needs of the farmers in their area since they know the existing conditions in their locality and they have the access to technologies.
Networking with farmers
Information Networkingfor Farmers and Farmers’GroupsThe Philippine StrategyPresented by:Pamela Mariquita G. MappalaPhilippines
Agenda The Infrastructure for Information Networking The Information Networking The Knowledge Networking Farmer’s Role in Information Networking E-Extension Strategies for the future
The Interconnectivity The National Information Network of the Department of Agriculture Philippine Research, Education Government Information Network Agriculture and Fisheries Research and Development
Existing R & DInformation Networks Horticulture Information Network (HORTINET) Agricultural Machinery Information Network (AgMachIn) Philippine e-Library
HORTINETHorticulture Information Network one-stop-site of information on the Philippine Horticulture Industry, from production to marketing of world-class flowers and fruits an expansion of the Mango Information Network (MIN) a DOST/PCARRD and UNDP-funded project initiated in 1997 URL: www.min.pcarrd.dost.gov.ph online since 1998
AgMachIN Agricultural Machinery Information Network an info service that links existing info systems on agricultural machinery provides the added value of networking arrangement among technical and working people for integrating their activities to facilitate the delivery of info services to target users. URL: http://www.pcarrd.dost.gov.ph/cin/agmachin/default.htm
The Philippine e-Library Recently operationalized, set up info kiosks not only at the colleges and universities but also at the government agencies. Aims to integrate in a single portal all library and information collections of participating agencies using the existing infrastructure.
K-AGRINET Knowledge Networking for Enterprising Agricultural Communities Aimed to help modernize the agriculture sector and assist in helping the farmers come up with critical decisions to keep pace with the ever- changing global economy.
K-AGRINET Priority activities Strengthen and maximize the use of extension models accelerate the establishment and use of web- based courseware for other crops, livestock and fisheries Promote distance learning Interconnect government network infrastructure and facilities Establish last mile connections
K-AGRINETbeneficiaries Local extension service providers – Agricultural technicians, extension agents, farmer-scientists, technical experts in different field units and other government and nongovernment organizations Cooperatives, farmers, fishers and agri- based people’s organizations Private sector – Agricultural traders and agri-business entrepreneurs and civil society
K-AGRINET MainComponents e-Agrikultura e-Consortia e-Farm Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture
E-Agrikultura To mobilize the social capital toward developing enterprising agricultural communities through the agrarian reform beneficiaries.
E-Consortia To intensify the technology and knowledge generation and exchange among R & D institutions through improved ICT tools and applications
The 14 regional R& D consortia thruthe Department ofScience andTechnology
E-Farm Promotes knowledge-based e- commerce by initiating electronic based farm-to-market opportunities through the Farmers’ Information Technology Service (FITS) Centers and their respective farmer- scientists
The FITS Farmers’ Information Technology Service ONE STOP INFORMATION SHOP of technology on agriculture, forestry & natural resources Aims to empower the farmers, processors, traders and entrepreneurs by making info & technology services available during critical decision making on production, processing, trading & marketing activities. a pool of experts in agricultural and natural resources renders appropriate services as well as in packaging of information and technology services for its clients.
Open Academy for PhilippineAgriculture (OPAPA) Focuses on e-extension and distance learning for agricultural extension workers and the farming and fishing communities as well. Empowers extension workers and farmers by creating access to knowledge banks, distance learning opportunities and an open environment that links various stakeholders An alliance of local, national and international organizations providing education, training and communication in agriculture.
The Farmer-Scientists of FITS a network of outstanding farmers who demonstrate the successful application of S&T-based and indigenous technologies. These farmers actively participate as enablers, facilitators, or initiators in technology development and transfer process. For a farmer-to-farmer advisory service
The Farmer-Scientists act as resource persons during trainings seminars, field days, investment clinics, cross-visits, among others provide technical assistance, hands-on training, and share experimental insights to on-farm visitors and other trainees devote a certain portion of their farm as demonstration plot for their own on-farm trials test/apply technological information learned from the seminars and cross-visits attended influence other farmers in adopting his outstanding farm practices by sharing information, experiences, resources, and ideas.
To be an FSB Member one should be selected as model farmer in his barangay. uses innovative agricultural practices that consistently produced yields higher than his co-farmers shares his know-how and offers his farm at no cost as an experimental demo site for the program.
The Agrarian ReformCommunities Now being trained on how to manage the e-Agrikultura Centers. – E-Agrikultura Centers are business conduits with income generating activities
Farmer-led extension activities Practiced by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Units Farmers have active involvement in the extension activities of the government.
Women-led extension activities Women are trained on various livelihood activities Based on the concept that women’s participation in extension activities will help strengthen rural development strategies and food security of the nation.
Women-led extension activities Through the technical assistance provided by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) to rural-based organizations Aside from conventions and training courses, women members of the rural improvement clubs come to ATI to seek assistance in their livelihood projects.
Farmers’ Call Center Designed to supplement the existing efforts in the extension system Aims to make available information directly to the farmers on equal opportunity basis as per their need from the experts themselves. With structured and regular feedbacking as inputs for trend analysis, effectiveness of existing policies and procedures
E-Learningon Agriculture and Fisheries Online courses are currently being developed through the Open Academy for Philippine Agriculture, which will be offered in 2007 The ATI through its International Training Center on Pig Husbandry will commence their Online Course on Hog Raising in 2006.
Farmers’ Internet Bus Old microbus is now being converted into a mobile internet bus, complete with flat monitors and servers in a thin client configuration, fitted with wireless radio transmitter, multimedia equipment, VSAT antenna, gps antenna, among others To be deployed during the farmers’ field days
Improved communication andinformation access are directly related to social and economic development. For its effectiveness, end-users must appreciate them.