Information sharing is crucial in agriculture and its importance has been felt since the commencement of the agricultural era. People, previously, used to seek personal contact for gaining and sharing information about the market prices, stability, new crop varieties, weather conditions, innovative production technologies, and what not. Newspapers, mobile SMS services, radio talk programmes, smartphone applications, etc. are some of the most used ICT tools in agriculture that have already made a huge impact on agriculture of developed countries. Even in Nepal, these tools have started to make agriculture fancier, easier and attractive for people.Today, in Nepal, wireless network connection is available in every district and thanks to globalization, smartphones and internet connection has started being common among the Nepalese farmers too. Realizing the importance of ICT in agriculture, some innovative minds in Nepal have already started exploiting this technological boon for making agriculture easier, fancier, and attractive to young people. The “Kisaan Call Centre” initiative by AgriCare, smartphone apps like Krishi Ghar, Smart Krishi,IFA-Krishi Nepal etc. are some examples of smart agriculture information sharing initiatives in Nepal.

Keeping this in mind, AgriYouthNepal is organizing an open blog article writing competition with the theme “ICTs in Nepalese Agriculture”. The competition theme is broad and one can write article about opportunities and challenges, present context of ICTs and its use in agriculture research and development, showcase of ICTs based projects or presenting ideas about ICTs for Agricultural development.  If you are interested, please submit your blog article filling the registration form.

The deadline for the submission is July 31. All the submitted entries will  undergo jury selection first  and selected articles (5 blog articles) will undergo public voting. Top two blogs will be awarded based on number of votes on the article.

Winner and runner up  will be awarded with NRs 5,000 and NRs 3,000 respectively. Winners will also receive certificate of appreciation and brand new T-Shirt of AgriYouthNepal.

Terms and Conditions

  •  This contest is open for Nepali citizens (15-40 years).
  • Word limit: Maximum 800 words.
  • At least one relevant picture/photo attached with the article with its source.
  • Accepted format: **.doc (Msword format)
  •  A photo of the author along with the article.
  • Article should be in the English language and should be original creations and must not be plagiarized;
  • Article should not contain material that is inappropriate, obscene, indecent, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous, libelous, unlawful or otherwise offensive.

Judging Criteria

  • Originality and creativity
  • Quality of composition of essay
  • Appropriate use of theme

Judges

Marina CherbonnierWeb & Communications Manager at Young Professionals for Agricultural Development
Ankit KoiralaAssistant Professor- Department of Agri-Economics and Agribusiness Management at Agriculture and Forestry University

Timeline

Date Activities
June 16 Initiation of the competition/Online submission of articles
July 31 Submission deadline
August 5 Selection and declaration of the top 5 articles and initiation of online public voting
August 12 Deadline for public voting and declaration of the winner with the runner up.

To submit your blog post, please click here. Post source, AgriYouthNepal.