Technology Transfer through Cyber Extension -- Helping Farmers to Help Themselves

The farmer-outreach and agriculture extension systems in Pakistan face major challenges of cost-effective outreach and need based extension. The weak linkage between extension, research and farmers limits the effectiveness of agricultural research and extension to contribute towards the agricultural development. In this context, this online interactive agricultural information portal has been developed by the Institute of Agri. Extension & Rural Development (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan) for bridging the communication gap between the researchers, agricultural scientists and the farming community. This initiative is complementing the existing extension system through the use of information and communication technology.

This Cyber Agricultural Extension project (ICT based Ag. Extension or simply Cyber Extension)  is being implemented at the Cyber Extension Laboratory of the Institute of Agri. Extension and Rural Development, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Pakistan with the support from Endowment Funds Secretariat of the University and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Department of Agriculture (Extension and Adaptive Research), Government of the Punjab is also a partner of this initiative. We are also collaborating with Directorate of Agricultural Information, Government of the Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan).

The information portal is available on the internet. The farmers can also access  it through a number of Village Information Centers that are established in the selected villages. The operators at these centers help in making the information centre usable by the farmers who are unfamiliar to computers and are illiterate.

 

DISCLAIMER

This website (www.zaraibaithak.com) has been developed with the intention of facilitating farming community. We always try our best for providing accurate information, however, University of Agriculture Faisalabad and administration of the website is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within the site.