The Smart Tech Farmers Producers Company Ltd,.Ganjam, Odisha received Apollo Krishi Alert Award 2021 for promoting digital technology on 13 November 2021.The award function was organised virtually by MANAGE,ICAR, NITI Aayog, APEDA with the support of ACE,TAFE,NEW HOLLAND,FMC,BAYER and APOLLO Tyres. Mr Rabindra Behera, facilitator received the award on behalf of the FPO. The award was given in recognition of using digital tools like e-plant clinic services, audio conference, video conference, WhatsApp service, Voice call, Farmers Help Line services, video based learning services to practice climate smart technologies. Such services were crucial to men and women farmers especially in COVID-19 pandemic situations.
The FPO has been promoted under RESILIENCE project funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway/ the Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi through Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy, Norway. It is facilitatedby M S Swaminathan Research Foundation along with Chikarada Village Knowledge Centre in Ganjam. Besides, Odisha University of Agriculture Technology and KVK, Ganjam extended all technical support services which were diffused to men and women farmers through digital tools.
The notable climate smart technologies and practices are Integrated Pest Management through timely plant health information and advisories, collective vegetable marketing, alternative wetting and drying method of irrigation, line transplantation andbalanced nitrogen managementusing leaf colour chartin paddy, micro irrigation, organic farming, advanced nursery technologies and green manuring for soil health management. Besides the evaluation considered how such technologies empowered women farmers.