K-Agrinet Program

About K-Agrinet Program

  • Stands for Knowledge Networking Towards Enterprising Agricultural Communities
  • Aims to modernize agriculture, forestry and natural resources sectors
  • Utilizes ITC to access information, modern technologies, and indigenous knowledge
  • Covers the different stages of knowledge development and utilization
  • Convergence of four agencie- DA-PhilRice, DOST-PCARRD, DAR, and DAP I

RATIONALE

  • ICT conveniences centered in urban areas
  • Inadequate access to information in rural areas
  • Need to adopt proactive strategy to bring ICT opportunities to rural and agricultural communities

The Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT) endorsed the K-Agrinet Program to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in 2004.

GOALS

Improved access to information, modern technologies and indigenous knowledge by farmers, fisher folks, and agribusiness entrepreneurs through ICT.

THE K-Agrinet PCARRD

Has two components , the e-consortia and e-Farm

What is e-Consortia?

  • System that enhances regional R&D management and intensifies technology/knowledge generation and exchange
  • Capitalizes on rich ICT experiences of PCARRD and regional consortia

OBJECTIVES

  • Enhance agricultural S&T governance of PCARRD through improved/sustained ICT initiatives
  • Sustain relevant outputs of regional R&D activities through quick information dispatch via improved ICT facilities

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

  • Improved ICT resources in place at the regional consortia
  • Sustained R&D information and technology delivery through ICT-enabled Regional R&D Information Service (RRDIS)

What is e-Farm?

  • System to promote knowledge-based e-commerce by initiating e-based farm-to-market opportunities through established FITS Centers
  • Also serves as K-Agrinet's access nodes for online information and e-learning modules

OBJECTIVES

  • Strengthen capability of FITS centers as providers of ICT-based information and technology services
  • Initiate e-based farm-to-market opportunities to improve competitive advantage of farmers
  • Promote Magsasaka Siyentista's utilization of ICT-based services and empower them to be major player in e-commerce program of government

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

  • E-connectivity of 80 FITS centers nationwide ( 6 FITS from Region I)
  • Web-enabled FITS databases and other ICT applications
  • Strengthened ICTcapability of FITS staffs and other extension workers
  • Capacitated Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) and SME's towards e-commerce
  • Expanded market linkages through e-trade