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In maximum cases farmers are not enough capable to express their crop’s or plant’s problems to agriculture extension service provider properly. Therefore, sometimes …
Farmer’s Window- Solution of Your Plant’s Problem Lies Here
In maximum cases farmers are not enough capable to express their crop’s or plant’s problems to agriculture extension service provider properly. Therefore, sometimes errors occur in identifying the problem for which they get inappropriate suggestions. The main reason for this scenario is existence of communication noises between farmer and extension worker. Visiting farmer’s field involves cost, take time and needs farmer’s frequent visit. The problem becomes much worse whenever the farmer is a tribe or disabled one. In addition, sometimes delayed advice to the farmer for delayed visit at field by the officers causes a huge damage of crops. Moreover, all Agricultural Extension Service Provider (SAAO, NGO worker and others) are not equally capable of suggesting farmer during any incidence of plant’s problem (pest, disease attack).
An electronic and device responsive pictorial database (which is standardized by a high profile technical expert committee) of plant’s problem named “Farmer’s Window- solution of your plant’s problem lies here (কৃষকের জানালা- আপনার ফসলের সমস্যার সমাধান এখানেই)” has been developed through which farmer/user can easily identify his/her plant’s problem seeing at the picture existing in database. From this database one can also get the standardized suggestions by clicking the picture of the problem. To facilitate the farmers, in this database pictures of plant’s problems i.e. symptom of insect damage, disease infection and nutritional deficiencies were taken from the field and arranged in a logical order. Thus the database is found to be very effective in identifying a plant’s problem by farmers even by a tribe or disabled person, who have language problem.
One of the most important features of this database is one can find it easily in the link (http://www.infokosh.gov.bd/krishokerjanala/home.html) and can use it from online or offline using desktop, laptop, tab or Smartphone.
Study found that by using this database, plant problem can be identified correctly and easily which make possible to provide appropriate suggestion to the farmers. Data also revealed that through using the database cost of delivering or having service has reduced up to 86% while time has reduced up to 66.66%. And the number of visit also reduced in a significant amount. Study also revealed that both quality and quantity of service have increased by the intervention of the new system as well as level of satisfaction of farmer increases in receiving service through the database.