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Vote for Nepali Innovation: “Krishi Ghar”

Krishi Ghar is an platform created by ICTAN which includes members from Information Technology and Agriculture. Krishi Ghar is an emerging ICT based application which aimed at providing information related to agriculture, farming practices from a relevant source in right time. The platform provides various information regarding farming mostly from the governmental bodies on real time basis.

Now, Krishi Ghar is providing services through Android application namely “Krishi Ghar” where farmer can select the crop of his choice and  his area/district. On the basis of season of crop growth farmer can get information within a few touch. The user friendly design with use of native Nepali language for information dissemination has made it promising platform for adopting new way of information sharing.

Recently,  this android application has been nominated in ” World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) Project Prizes 2015″ in category “C7″. ICT Application: E-Agriculture”. The WSIS Project Prizes 2015 contest provides the platform to identify and showcase the success stories and models that could be easily replicated, to empower the community at the local level.

Prize winner is slated to be declared during the WSIS Prize 2015 to be held on May 25-29, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Consider some of your time voting this innovation led by group of Nepalese students which could help to shape and take it to a next level.
To vote the application please go through the link: http://groups.itu.int/stocktaking/WSISProjectPrizes.aspx#home

The deadline for voting is May 1, 2015.

Voting procedures might be little complicated, Please go through the video which explains detail procedure.

Interested to Know more about Krishi Ghar, here are some of the showcases in AgriYouthNepal:
ICT tools for Agri-Entrepreneurs : #NYFAED15 session

ICT-a major breakthrough in agriculture

ICTs and Family Farming

What do I know about Azerbaijan?

As per notice published by Agriculture and Forestry University (Office of Registar, Students’ Welfare Committee) here is the detailed about the essay competition on “What Do I Know about Azerbaijan?”.

The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Romania has the honor to announce the international essay competition under the theme of “What Do I know about Azerbaijan?” jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The main aim of the competition is to raise the level of awareness among Romanian youth about Azerbaijan and provide an opportunity for travelling to Azerbaijan during the summer of 2015 in order to get more in-depth information about the country, its culture, history, ethnography, foreign policy and people.

Guidelines of competition

Romanian youth (pupil, students, young researchers) between 14-29 ages could participate at the competition;
Essays should be written in English language;
Essays should not exceed the 2500 words limit;
10 essays would be selected as winner and authors of the winning essays will have an opportunity to travel to Azerbaijan for 7 days during August month of 2015;
All expenses related to travel to Azerbaijan (international round-trip flight, food, accommodation, internal transportation, access to cultural places, trips to the regions of Azerbaijan) will be covered by the Azerbaijani side;
To the authors of the winning essays will be presented special gifts by the Azerbaijani authorities and the essays will be published in a special booklet.

Competition procedures and selection criteria

Required documents for submission of application are as following:

Essay on the topic “What do I know about Azerbaijan?” not exceeding 2500 words;
Application form ;
Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the applicant;
Passport and national identity card of the applicant.
Essays should be written in “times new roman” font, size 12 and include the title, author’s name, author’s mailing address, email address, and phone number on the first page of the essay.

Essays should have a reference to the literature used. All applications will be checked for plagiarism. Plagiarized essays will be disqualified from the competition.

All submissions will go through an initial screening process by several readers. Each reader will assign a rating on a scale of 1-10 (10 best, 1 worst), taking into account the following criteria: relevance to the topic; originality, depth and persuasiveness of analysis; quality of writing; thoroughness of research and style, and proper citation of sources. Bearing in mind that most of the contestants will not be native English speakers, grammar issues of the Essays written in English language will be accorded less weight. The papers with the highest average scores will be reviewed by a final panel of judges, who will agree on the winners.

Documents should be submitted to the [email protected] email with the topic of “What do I know about Azerbaijan?”. Incomplete applications won’t be accepted. The essays should be sent as a MS Word file document.

Deadline for submission of applications is 30 April 2015 date.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the end of the June month of 2015.

The trip to Azerbaijan and rewarding ceremony of the winners will be organized in August month of 2015.

Sample topics

The essays could be written at any topic concerning Azerbaijan. However, the following topics could be suggested:

– Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: myths and realities;

– Haydar Aliyev: national leader of Azerbaijan;

– History, art and culture of Azerbaijan;

– Population, language, customs and religion of Azerbaijan;

– Role of Azerbaijan at system of international relations;

– Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Romania: history and perspectives;

– Oil and gas strategy of Azerbaijan;

– Economic development model of Azerbaijan – comparison with global economies;

– Khojaly massacre.

Post Source : Embassy of Republic of Azerbaijan

#AYNFS 3rd April: Can we realize the dream of evergreen revolution?

Reporter: Sandhya Gautam (g.sandhya(at)agriyouthnepal.com)

3rd April 2015 Friday Sharing on “Sustainable Agriculture for Sustainable Future

Presenter: Dhiraj Bhatta (b.dhiraj (at) agriyouthnepal.com)
Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), BSc Agriculture, Third Semester

The presenter, Dhiraj Bhatta started his presentation on the topic ‘Sustainable Agriculture for Sustainable future’. He started his presentation with ‘Green Revolution‘ and ended with a question ‘Can we realize the dream of evergreen revolution?‘. He shared about organic farming, permaculture, tillage systems,effects of conventional farming and chemical inputs to the soil and the crops.The presentation depicted the hazards of chemical fertilizers and pesticides which are excessively being used in modern agriculture. It also gave some alternative measures of plant nutrition, plant protection ,use of farm power which may be helpful in making agriculture self sustaining. After that there was discussion session where the participants shared their ideas and vision to increase the food production and some of them raise their queries about organic farming and the use of chemical fertilizers. The program ended with a conclusion that we can’t shift completely towards organic farming completely stopping the use of chemical fertilizers but we can make the vision of sustainable agriculture come true by reducing the use of chemical fertilizers bit by bit.

AQUANews Winter 2015: Graduate Student profile: Subhash Jha

The culture of cold-water species in  Nepal has yet to reach its full potential. To date, only a few indigenous species
have been cultured, partially due to the lack of expertise in this type of aquaculture. Additionally, technologies
that are developed do not often reach farmers, which limits the impact and influence of research. As a result,
coldwater aquaculture in Nepal remains under-developed, with large potential for growth.

Subash Jha

Subhash and his project leader, Jay Dev Bista, AquaFish Project Host Country Co-PI (photo courtesy of Subhash Jha).

Sahar (Tor putitora), a cold-water fish species endemic to Nepal, is a popular game fish that has potential for aquaculture due to its ability to tolerate a wide range of temperatures. Cultivating sahar could help curtail declines in wild populations that have resulted from overfishing and habitat alterations. Sahar has high economic value, fetching sale prices almost double that of the more commonly cultivated carps and tilapia species. Due to its redatory feeding habits, sahar is also a good candidate for co-culture with tilapia and could help control unwanted reproduction which stunts growth, thereby increasing pond productivity, harvest, and income for farmers. Promoting sahar aquaculture development in Nepal could assist in conservation of this species while also providing livelihood opportunities and food security to the people of Nepal.

Subhash Jha, originally from Janakpur, Nepal, developed an interest in aquaculture at a very young age. He remembers many ponds in his village that remained unused, despite their potential to provide food and income. When he learned about pond aquaculture, he could not understand why no one had been farming the ponds in
his village. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (formerly Tribhuvan University) in 2013, Subhash’s fascination with pond aquaculture persisted. Today, Subhash is an AquaFish-supported Master’s student in Aquaculture at the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) in Chitwan, Nepal.

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Subhash sorts newly hatched sahar fry after sucessfully breeding the fish artificially at an aquaculture research facility in Chitwan, Nepal (photo courtesy of Subhash Jha).

 

Subhash’s Master’s research aims to help ameliorate the under-development of aquaculture and threatened populations of sahar. By studying the spawning behavior of sahar, Subhash and researchers at AFU hope to improve sahar breeding techniques and increase sahar seed production to aid restocking efforts in natural water bodies and make sahar widely available for culture in Nepal. This research is an extension of previous AquaFish work that was done in Pokhara on sahar breeding and production to increase availability of sahar fry for culture.

In conjunction with Subhash’s research, a workshop will be held to disseminate these newly developed sahar seed production technologies to promote sahar culture and mitigate the declining natural populations of sahar in the rivers and lakes of Nepal. Subhash’s interest in conservation goes beyond the scope of his Master’s project, and he hopes to one day develop a hatchery and training center to continue aquaculture development in Nepal.

Source: AquaFish Innovation Lab [Download : Aquanews_Winter_2015]