Karnataka farmers flock to online courses to learn the latest trends in farming practices


Mysuru District Agricultural Training Center online courses not only reach farmers in remote and inaccessible areas on the outskirts of Mysuru district forests and national parks but also benefit farmers located across Karnataka

Over 10,000 farmers have benefited from online training on various agricultural practices in the last year from the District Agricultural Training Center (DATC) in Mysuru.

Launched during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic two years ago to keep farmers abreast of the latest developments and provide solutions, the Naganahalli DATC has continued the concept after tremendous response.

Initially, the training was for farmers in Mysuru. But, thanks to the ubiquity of mobile phones even in rural areas and WhatsApp being a popular messaging service, the links have been widely shared by the farming community, said DATC deputy director GH Yogesh.

As a result, the online lessons not only reach farmers in remote and inaccessible areas on the outskirts of forests and national parks in Mysuru district, but also benefit farmers located throughout Karnataka.

The DATC was created to provide technical and field support to agricultural managers, and regularly organizes training for them. But with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the DATC decided to experiment with online training. The concept caught on with the public.

“So far, 56 online training courses have been delivered in the current fiscal year and 10,806 farmers have been trained. We still have two months to go before rolling out additional classes,” Yogesh said. The concept has captured the imagination of the government and such classes are now being conducted in other districts as well.

In 2020-2021, 84 online training courses were delivered, which were attended by 28,778 farmers.

The lessons and training module are developed in collaboration with agricultural experts and scientists from Bengaluru University of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Agriculture.

“There was a time when connectivity was a problem, but even that is more or less solved. Farmers tend to work in the fields and at the same time listen to experts talk about various topics that concern them,” according to Mr. Yogesh.

For DATC, the conventional offline training provided at the institute has a limited scope as it requires registration and the duration of the training is three days. Few people can afford to miss work for three days. But within the e-learning concept, they can continue working while simultaneously receiving input from experts.

Over the past two years, training programs have ranged from rainwater harvesting and organic farming to dealing with crop disease outbreak issues and proper seed selection. cover more farmers.


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