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Rice Knowledge Bank soon for State’s paddy farmers

 GUWAHATI, Nov 8 - In order to address the knowledge gap between agricultural research and practices in the paddy fields, a Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB) is going to be launched very soon by Assam Agricultural University with the technical support from International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) under APART project, a press release stated.

To initiate the process, a Knowledge Management Committee Workshop was organised here on November 5. RKB – is a digital extension service that provides practical knowledge solutions specialised for small-scale farmers in developing countries. Attending the inaugural meeting, Dr Sudhanshu Singh, coordinator, South Asia and project leader of APART project IRRI highlighted the Rice Knowledge Bank activity of APART project and its importance in disseminating information to the farmers’ level. Haren Baisya, Agriculture coordinator of ARIAS society, expressed his concern over sustainability of the digital platform and asked IRRI and Assam Agricultural University to take initiative to make it a grand success. Dr Prasanna Pathak, Director, Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University hopes to prepare a Rice Knowledge Bank in line with IRRI Rice Knowledge Bank for supporting the extension professionals. The meeting was facilitated by Dr Kanwar Singh, resident consultant, APART-IRRI for Assam.

It can be mentioned that the Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB) is a digital extension service that will provide practical knowledge solutions, especially for small scale farmers. It will showcase rice production techniques, agricultural technologies and best farming practices based on the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI’s) and Assam Agricultural University’s pool of knowledge from research findings, learning and media resources and agricultural programmes. The Rice Knowledge Bank aims to create a clear channel between research and extension, to bring together organisational training materials and synthesise institutional knowledge, to make IRRI and Assam Agricultural University’s knowledge available in easy, translatable and ready to use formats that can be used by the extension intermediaries, to provide inclusive, easy and quick access to all rice-growing communities and finally acting as a one-stop standardised source of information for the rice growing world. The formats for this information will range from e-Learning platforms, videos and extension leaflets.

The workshop was attended by professors and scientists from Assam Agricultural University, IRRI, officials from ARIAS society and Department of Agriculture, Government of Assam. The programme was moderated by Dr Poornima Rabi Sankar, senior specialist, Rice Knowledge Bank, IRRI.

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