Congratulations to Mr. Anil Regmi, who has been voted the first place winner and Ms. Januka Dahal, the second place winner in the blog writing contest on the topic “ICTs in Nepalese Agriculture” organized by AgriYouthNepal.

Winning Blogs:

 #Blog Entry: 7″ICTs in Nepalese Agriculture”-Anil Regmi

#Blog Entry: 6″ICTs in Nepalese Agriculture”-Januka Dahal

Similary, AgriYouthNepal would like to congratulate Ms. Pramisha Thapaliya, Mr. Sharan Panthi, Mr. Prashant Bhandari the finalist of the contest. AgriYouthNepal extends its genuine gratitude to the judges Mr. Ankit Koirala and Ms. Marina Cherbonnier, who offered an ocean of help and support. Thank you to everyone who supported the contest by sharing the word, engaging in discussion and submitting your blogs.

This blog writing contest, in overall has been a tremendous success because of zealous public participation and overwhelming involvement during the whole event. There were total of 17 entries which underwent two stages of selection. Even though every blog articles were effective and unique in its own way, only 5 of them were kept for public voting.

The winners were selected based on number of votes and number of individual involved in creative discussion via web platform. A total of 528 comments out of which 229 individuals were engaged in creative discussion and a total of 2,023 votes were casted. The First and Second place holders will be awarded with the prizes (NRs 5,000 & NRs 3,000 resp + AgriYouthNepal T-Shirt) in upcoming program “Web and Technical Learning Boot Camp 2015” which is proposed to be organized on middle of November.

As a matter of fact, this contest has showcased many ideas, opinions and knowledge of people related to ICTs and agriculture.

In Nepal, there is a growing reach of telecommunication and internet services. Cellular telephony in particular has impressive penetration with current penetration rate crossing well over 90%. With the increasing use of mobile phone and internet, private sectors investment in e-agricultural technology is also increasing.

Besides this, Nepal seriously lacks in digital agriculture information system/database. There is a need of integrated agriculture information system supporting every value chains in order to provide strategic information for farmers, government agencies, agricultural cooperative s and other stakeholders.

The general perception about ICTs has been limited to its adoption only but is lagging in creative utilization of available resources. It is considered as rocket science and a single pill to every solution however Nepal seriously lacks in essential structure to support such ambitions.  But people surely are aware and has realized their importance. We just need ways to cultivate such concepts and ideas.