Capacity Building Training to Agriculture Students of Agriculture and Forestry University

Chitwan, Nepal

November 29, 2018

With the aim of out scaling the Conservation Agriculture Sustainable Intensification (CASI) technologies and practices by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tools and strategies, DreamWork Solution, partner of SRFSI project undertook the project “Digo Krishi” on August 2018. For the effective operation of activities under Digo Krishi, One day Capacity Building Training to Agriculture Students on title “Research Findings and Methodologies under SRFSI for Conservation Agriculture” was conducted at National Maize Research Program (NMRP), Rampur, Chitwan on November 29, 2018.

Digo Krishi project has been enrolling 20 students of Agriculture and Forestry University assigning specific tasks like content compilation for mobile application, developing a public website for knowledge hub related to conservation agriculture and ultimately stepping towards formation of database software and establishment of Data centre through the aid of ICT tools.

The training was one of the need based training organized with the aim of empowering Agricultural students and Digo Krishi Team Members about the concept and detail plan framework of Digo Krishi Project. This training was targeted to familiarize the participants about the methodologies and findings of the research conducted under SRFSI for Conservation Agriculture.

Kiran Bamanu, Project Coordinator of Digo Krishi made an overview presentation of ongoing activities and further plan of Digo Krishi along with agreed activities and milestones. Santosh Joshi, Director of DreamWork Solution disclosed about how ICT proves to be the most effective means to disseminate the findings of research and study.

Mr. Ram Hari Timilsina, being the HoD, Department of Extension and Rural Sociology, Agriculture and Forestry University praiseworthy guide for the project, assured the best possible contribution of AFU for extension activities and for collaboration with Digo Krishi.

The chief trainer of the one-day training program, Mr. Prakash Paneru, Technical Officer of National Rice Research Program, Hardinath, Dhanusa took a lead of the session focusing on Research Finding Discussion about Conservation Agriculture in Nepal and World, Research Methodologies and Guidelines to Agriculture Students. He described the scope, challenges and need of implementation of SRFSI in Eastern Gangetic Plains of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Different Study and Research Methodologies applied, activities performed and the findings obtained during the project 2014-18 under SRFSI, Major challenges, advantages and thought to be demerits of CASI technologies and the role of students in extension of research outcomes were described.

Finally, the session was opened for free discussions and questions series where the participants showed appreciative curiosity. The training ended up with the photoshoot and distribution of certificate to all the participants.