January 2006

Asha

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The provision of agri-business services through CICs has been named as Asha as it has shown a ray of hope to all stakeholders of farm sector.


Introduction

It is due to the lack of knowledge/information viz., weather, market, schemes, events, State policies and others, most of our farmers are failing to reap the benefit of their hard work in terms of sustainable farm income. Though there is a great demand for these services there is no service provider hither to. Paradox is, the same information/knowledge is available with different agencies and access and reach to the masses is the problem being faced currently. Looking at the great demand of specified information and services and their impact on farmer's household incomes and farm economy in general, a web portal http://www.assamagribusiness.nic.in enriched with useful information/under one umbrella and aimed at  marketing  farmers, functionaries, scientists, traders and the NGOs on user fees basis to derive benefit from the portal through  Community Information  Centres (CICs) set up in each block of North Eastern States of India in the partnership of GOI, has been developed. The provision of Agri-Business services through CICs has been named as Asha as it has shown a ray of hope to all stakeholders of Farm Sector.

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