Access to Information (a2i) program of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Department of Agricultural Extension under the Ministry of Agriculture jointly organized a launching program of ‘three agriculture related mobile apps based services’. The services was launched on 4 January 2017 in A.K.M Giasuddin Milky Auditorium (Khamarbari, Dhaka). The occasion was graced by the presence of the Honorable Minister of Agriculture Matia Chowdhury, MP, as the chief guest. The special guests included Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah, Director General (DG-1) of the Prime Minister’s Office Sheikh Yusuf Harun, and Policy Advisor of the a2i Programme Anir Chowdhury. The launching ceremony was chaired by the Director General of the Department of Agriculture Extension Md Hamidur Rahman.
To solve the problem of ‘unavailability of all agriculture related information in one place’, the app “Krishoker Digital Thikana” has been created. where one can find all essential technology and information on crop cultivation. On the other hand, the agriculture officers face different type challenges often, to deliver the solutions for huge number of crops problems and diseases, and also become unable to explain preciously to the farmers about problems. To mitigate the problems (diseases, insects and fertilizer related), a pictorial database called “Krishoker Janala” has been developed, whereas farmers can also receive environment friendly solutions. Lastly, “Pesticide Prescriber” has been developed containing readily available and easily accessible information on pesticides. It is mentionable here that, with technical support from the USAID and the UNDP and the implementation support from the Prime Minister’s Office, the a2i Programme had initiated the Service Innovation Fund which has funded the most innovative ideas coming from field level agriculture officers. Once the pilot projects are over, steps are taken to upscale these nationwide with support from relevant government agencies.