Rice –Knowledge Management Portal, Government of India
Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadeep, Pondicherry
Background and Summary
In India, rice is the major cereal crop grown in about 44.6millionhectares. India represents all kinds of diversity under which rice is grown across the globe. Rice crop is interwoven in the cultural, Social and economic life of millions of Indians and it holds the key for food and nutritional security of the country.
To meet the production target of 125Mt by 2025, all inclusive of food requirement, seed for cultivation, storage in buffer stock and a share for exports, productivity in irrigated area needs to be enhanced by 1.5tons/ha and in rain fed lowlands by about 1 ton/ha. Enormous knowledge has been developed about this crop and there is a need to share this knowledge for the betterment of our society. Indian rice research and rice development programmes have been recognized as successful model endeavours all over the world. However, given the burgeoning task of further enhancing the production and productivity of rice, the existing information sharing mechanisms appear to be insufficient. Organizations that jointly and/or individually contribute to the development, distribution and use of rice knowledge in rice sector may broadly be classified as Rice policy makers, Rice research and extension organizations, Credit Institutes like banks, Farmers, Input supply firms, Rice marketing firms, Rice processing firms, Consumers and External Organizations.
In most of the cases, due to several reasons, there is no knowledge or information and data sharing among these organizations. Moreover, building a strong linkage among these organizations is called for, in the recent past.
It becomes imperative to strengthen the capacity to enable rice workers to create, manage and share information for the benefit of all stakeholders. This includes Scientific, technology-related information, market information for the agencies and farmers into leap-frogging the knowledge barriers to modernization of agriculture in India. It is with this vision, the Rice Knowledge Management Portal (RKMP) was developed.
Name of the implementing / partnering agencies
Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad(A.P) –Lead Institute with partner –Institutes : Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack(Orissa); ICRISAT, Hyderabad(A.P); ICAR-NEH, Umiam, Meghalaya; Centre for Development of Advanced computing, JNTU, Hyderabad(A.P); Regional Agricultural Research Institute, Karjat, Raigad; Unit of Bio-Informatics and Simulation, IARI, Pusa, New Delhi;
Period Of Implementation
Implemented since 16-07-2011
To develop and maintain Rice Knowledge Management Portal(RKMP) to strength research, extension, farmers, and private subsystems, partnerships and networks, through the better flow of rice knowledge and information contributing to the overall rice development in the country.
To develop structure and content of RKMP comprising research information systems, extension information system, market information system, farming information system, general information system and e-learning platforms related to rice.
To pilot these information systems for uploading, sharing and harnessing rice knowledge amongst rice stakeholders.
To build the capacity of the stakeholders in using the rice Knowledge Management Portal for effectively transforming rice knowledge and information as a viable factor of production.
The project is implemented in a consortium mode. Each consortium partner has specific roles to play based on their core competency. DRR leads the consortium. ICRISAT and CDAC are technical partners focusing KM models and font technologies respectively.
Other partners are called content collaborators/partners, whose primary responsibility is to develop local content in collaboration with the AICRIP centres, SAU’s and other stakeholders from the states within their jurisdiction.
A conceptual model for content development for one state is - the design, planning, coordination, execution, technical expertise, and hosting and maintenance of the proposed Rice Knowledge Management Portal was taken up by the Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad in association with its collaborating institutes. The information support is provided by the selected stakeholder in rice sector of the country. Research information is developed by DRR in consultation with CRRI and all AICRIP centres spread across the country.
The static information is developed by digitizing the existing AICRIP and other data sets that have relevance to the present research systems. Skilled helpers are employed for four months to digitize the relevant data.
The portal design will have inbuilt ability to provide indexed research results, and research prioritization data. The dynamic dimensions are developed by incorporating the management information system in the existing AICRIP setup. An online discussion is launched with the available e-mail IDs of rice researchers across the country.
Farmers, Extension Workers, Rice Researchers, Traders and private sector related to rice, NGOs/Krishi Vigyan Kendra Staff, Policy makers, Rice consumers and any other stakeholders of rice.
Situation Before Implementation
Before launch of this Portal, there was no single gateway for all the information needs of large number of rice stakeholders.
To provide timely and accurate rice statistics for the rice policymakers to decide the rice-price.
Saves time and money in gathering the data.
The day to day mandi price of rice prevailing in the various national markets are channelled into this portal for better decisions and for better remuneration to the rice farmers without middlemen and corruption.
Rice Knowledge Management Portal is the one stop shop for rice related information by contributing to the overall development in the country.
To enhance the export opportunities for rice from India, Trade Information System delivers the trade information at different markets all over the World and Exports & Imports of Rice.
The portal developed through the latest ICT tools envisions supporting mobile telephony and will also help agricultural departments’ ongoing activities in reaching out to the farmers through extension advisory services, in the most effective way.
Portal provides the short term weather forecast to render timely information to the farmers and extension agents for real time decision making.
Difficulties/Challenges and Lessons learnt
Portal is not a simple website. It provides a modicum of data services.
Defining the functional requirements for a portal, that addresses information needs of 700 rice Scientists, 1,10,000 public sector extension officers, 225 civil society organisations, 600 Farm Science Centres, 4.26 lakhs stakeholders etc., is an herculean task.
Building first semantic portal in Agriculture was another challenge and it should enable multidimensional search by means of rich domain ontology.
A Consortium Monitoring Unit includes consortium formation, research plan preparation and implementation, knowledge management, capacity building and impact evaluation.
Lack of proper incentives and apathy in sharing the information is another constraint faced by the team
Web portal with required specifications, Ferti-meter, Computers, Server, Diagnostic tool.
Skilled helpers to digitize the relevant data.
Built on Web 2.0 standards, the portal helps any rice stakeholder to share their information for easily uploading the content into the portal. This helps in catering to location specific information needs of many stakeholders in local languages. With about 20 platforms, more than 10,000 pages of content, 3000 minutes of audio, 50 video clips, this is the first comprehensive agricultural portal of the country.
In research domain, various services are provided such as AICRIP Intranet, archives of 27000 datasets, bio-informatics suite, India Rice Research Repository (i3R) etc. It operates two e-learning platforms providing learning opportunity to Scientists and extension workers at their time and space.
Completely Image Driven Diagnostic tool is developed exclusively for the extension professionals and farmers to diagnose the field problems based on the stage of the crop.
Farmers can know about the soil health and fertilizer recommendation system through online Ferti-meter Application.
If farmers have more queries, the portal provides the answer through its online/SMS based question answer platform “Expert Answers on Rice” with 152 Rice Experts by using the three tier structure namely Web-based Question and Answer Forum
Approximate Cost of Implementation
Due to RKMP, agricultural knowledge can be shared across the country that too in their local language.
By single SMS, farmers can get Expert Answers on queries of field problems, weed management, vagaries of weather etc.,
Know about the mandi price of rice varieties in different states.
Farmer can sell his rice to mandi directly without the interference of the middlemen.
Farmer can know the Government initiatives implemented from time to time and get maximum advantage
Dr. B.C. Viraktamath, Project Director & Consortium Leader, Rice Knowledge Management Portal, Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad-500030.
Project Contact Persons(s)
Dr. Shaik N. Meera, senior Scientist & consortium Principal Investigator, Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad-500030.
Other Information (Awards/ Nominations etc.)
Reasons why it should be Replicated?
RKMP Data centre ready to serve the Knowledge Management Portals of other crops.
RKMP is the first step in terms of the application of ICTs and KM strategies in agriculture to build a product like this semantic portal with enormous content.
To implement the resolution of National Development Council (NDC) envisaging increase in the production of Rice, Wheat and Pulses.
RKMP knowledge if delivered through state departments of agriculture under NFSM, visible impacts can be realized at farm level only.
This model can be up scaled for other crops too