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Friday, June 19, 2015, Ashar 5, 1422 BS, Ramadan 1, 1436 Hijr

Tech touching farmers
Asif Mahmood Abbas
Published : Friday, 19 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 5

Access to proper and timely agricultural information is one of the key problems that are faced by the farmers of rural Bangladesh. Although there are more than 14000 extension agents working in the rural Bangladesh.
As a result, in case of a pest and disease outbreak or a natural calamity where time is a major constraint, farmers don't often get the proper agricultural recommendation to save his crops.
To overcome this challenge the mPower, a development organization has developed the farmer query system which is an ICT solution where farmers can place a query directly to experts. A remote agro expert can then respond to the query, through a phone call, sms or email.
Upon inception of the system so far mPower has provided more than 3,000 agro recommendation with a high satisfaction rate. Development agency Dnet associated the programme of mPower here.
The organizations have signed a  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on this regard at a event at mPower office in the capital on Wednesday.
The organizations agreed to introduce ICT (information Communication Technology) based solution, 'Farmer Query System' for rural farmers using Dnet's flagship 'Infolady' programme.
mPower Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mridul Chowdhury and Dnet Acting CEO Forhad Uddin signed the MoU representing organizations.
mPower and Dnet will jointly create a model where Infolady will use Farmer Query System to capture the query of rural farmers for a certain payment and mPower will respond to the query over voice and SMS.

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