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Rice Knowledge Management Portal (RKMP) was e-launched in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister on 83 rd ICAR Foundation day. Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR highlighted the achievements and future research strategies of the Council to accelerate agricultural growth and development in the country and emphasized that more and more portals should come for other crops also.
Dr. B C Viraktamath, Consortium Leader - RKMP & Project Director, DRR, Dr. Shaik N Meera, Consortium Principal Investigator - RKMP & Senior Scientist, DRR and other officials participated in the Foundation Day ceremony.
In the changing scenarios and shifting paradigms, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) wishes to be the global leader in promoting the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in agriculture by developing national level knowledge management portal. As a first step towards achieving this objective, an exclusive portal on rice viz., Rice Knowledge Management Portal is being developed by ICAR under the prestigious NAIP project. The portal is being built by the Directorate of Rice Research in association with 8 consortia, two convergent and 20 AICRIP partners. This will serve as a backbone for rice sector in sharing rice knowledge through latest ICT tools including mobile telephony. It will also help Ministry’s ongoing activities in reaching out to the farmers with most effective extension advisory services.
The RKMP has several global firsts in terms of comprehensiveness and utility. Built on web 2.0 standards, this portal caters to location specific information needs of many stakeholders (policy makers, farmers, extension professionals, researchers, traders, NGOs etc.,) on 24X7 basis. IP based customization helps individuals to browse through location specific content.