September 2007

e-Agriculture analysis

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e-Agriculture is an emerging arena that is awaiting to tap ICT potentialities in the sector. A world wide region specific survey done by e-Agriculture Working Group (EAWG), The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), shows that ICT awareness into farm activities is minimum. It also studies into the barriers that obstructs the uptake of eAgriculture.

The survey responses showed that an overall majority (57 percent) were unaware of the term 'e-Agriculture' (Table 1). Moreover, (Table 2.) shows that half (50 percent) of the total respondents were affected by the barrier of restricted access to digital media/technologies. A significant proportions (>25 percent) also selected high cost of access, insufficient content in the correct language, lack of equipment, and lack of power.



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