Shyamol Kumar Das, Sub-Assistant Agricultural Officer (SAAO)
“Since I joined in 1987, I have been unable to present my activities to my supervisor properly throughout my working career, due to absence of a proper monitoring tool. There are no formal training or retraining facilities. Updated knowledge doesn’t reach us on time and so they can’t be implemented on field. So, I can’t always help the 1500 farmhouses and farmers assigned to me on time.
Then we got support from AESA, and received smartphones and how to use SAAO Digital Diary on them. Now I can easily send information about his daily activities along with photos to my supervisor or Upazila Agriculture Officer (UAO) and get his/her advice whenever needed without going through paper based work. It saves a lot of time and we can do everything more efficiently.”
Umme Habiba, Kurigram
I rear cattle for the last four to five years. I am rearing cattle to earn some money and live comfortably with my children. I bought my Laali on loan, and the installments aren’t over yet. One day, he got really sick and didn’t eat for three consecutive days. I was very worried as my neighbors were saying that the bull won’t survive. If this bull dies how will I maintain my family? I still have unpaid debt of loan.
Doctors don’t come this far, and the local farmers failed to help. Then I took help from Shurokkha. A man from Shurokkha came and took pictures and information. He sent them to a big doctor in the city. I took care of my Laali just like the doctor said, and Laali became healthy again. I will never delay contacting Shurokkha again if Laali becomes sick.
Mohammad Russell, Farmer, Barisal
“I cultivate rice on land taken from others on lease. During the last season, I cultivated Amon rice on 20 Katha land by taking loan from a micro finance organization. But diseases attack fast now-a-days, and suddenly my dream shattered. The paddy field got attacked by harmful insects once the rice flowers started to come out. I was on the verge of breaking down upon seeing insect attacked paddy field. I didn’t know how to pay back the loan.
Then I heard about the FQS (Farmer Query System) from an ICT champion. Without wasting a moment, he took pictures of my crops and explained my problem through mobile phone. Within 15 minutes, he got a call from an expert in Dhaka and got instructions. We did exactly as told and slowly, my crops were saved. I was able to gain good yield of Amon rice. I am so happy that I suggest this to all my farmer friends.”
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