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An Initiative of BIID



Published on: December 23, 2012
e-Krishok and e-Clinic Services are scaled up in Khagrachari

e-Krishok and e-Clinic Services are scaled up in Khagrachari, a remote hill district, 250 km far from Dhaka. On 15th December 2012, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) launched e-Krishok and e-Clinic services in Khagrachari jointly with VSO International. Through this initiative BIID desires to bring the benefits of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to the remote communities in hill district for the 1st time. The e-Krishok service will ensure access to information, input and market to the farmers to improve their livelihood. Same time, e-Clinic will facilitate brining quality health service to rural areas where Telemedicine has been identified as one of the most potential tool to bridge the gap. Mr. Rafiqul Alam, Mayor, Khagrachari was present as Chief Guest in the inaugural ceremony of e-Clinic organized at 'Sashna club', Satbhaipara, Khagrachari while, UP member Mr. Ulao, Representative of Civil Surgeon Mr. Orvil Chakma, Executive Director of Alo Mr. Arun Kanti Chakma, Local leader Mr. Thong Marma attended the event as special guest. President of Sashna club Mr. Thoila shared their expectations and welcomed all in the opening ceremony of e-Clinic. Mayor Mr. Rafiqul Alam expressed that the endeavor of BIID is highly appreciable and he on behalf of his local community thanked BIID for such innovative step. He also mentioned that it is the high time when BIID took this step. He urged support from the mass people for better continuation of this project. Special guest Mr. Orvil Chakma alleged, this service is new in this area and we had no prior idea regarding this service. Mr. Rafiqul Alam handed over the signboard of e-Clinic to the president of Sashna Club. Another landmark grasped by the people of Khagrachari on the same day when 'Young Star club' organized the launching ceremony of e-Krishok in Khagrachari. Upazilla Agricultural Officer, Kbd. Mr. Ranjan Kumar Pramanik was there as Chief Guest. Mr. Md. Mohabbot Ullah Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Press club president Mr. Delip Choudhury, Councilor Mr. Milon Dewan, Executive Director of Alo Mr. Arun Kanti Chakma were present as Special guests, and vice-president of Young Star club Mr. Vubenossor was also present. BIID Consultant Md. Salah Uddin Akbar discussed concerning e- Krishok service and he also showed a presentation about e- Krishok. Chief Guest Kbd. Mr. Ranjan Kumar Pramanik said, e-Krishok is a really great medium for introduce new technology to the farmer. Farmers can get solution of emergency Agricultural problem at home from reliable source. Special guest Mr. Dilip Choudhury said, in modern age of ICT e-Krishok can meet our farmer to modern technology very easily. Later an interactive session with the farmers was conducted by Mr Tonmoy Kibria, Information Officer, BIID on Ginger production and management.

Published on: December 04, 2011
e-Krishok Service scaled up at National Level: Road towards e-Agriculture

On 4th December 2011, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) had launched “Nationwide Scaling Up of e-Krishok” program aiming to broaden its activities of e-krishok and thus increase the number of beneficiary farmers through ICT (Information and Communication Technology) enabled services. BIID initiated to deliver the e-Krishok service nationwide across 493 Upazilas (Sub-District) of 64 districts to reach 500,000 farmers by 2012. Mr. Muhammad Faruk Khan, MP, the then Honorable Minister of Commerce (now tourism minister), People’s Republic of Bangladesh inaugurated the event as chief guest where Mr. Nazrul Islam Khan, Personal Secretary 1 to the Prime Minister, Mr. Carel Richter, Deputy Head of Mission, The Embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands and other high officials from Prime Minister Office, Agriculture Information Service (AIS) of MoA (Ministry of Agriculture), ACI Limited, Grameenphone (GP) and Katalyst attended the event. Farmers representing six divisions attended the event and shared their experiences. Speakers appreciated this innovative idea to serve the farmers in an efficient manner while the existing extension service is not sufficient enough to cater the demand of farmers. The honorable minister praised its contribution in stepping forward the government’s initiative to achieve Digital Bangladesh and serving marginal people. Mr. Nazrul Islam Khan expressed that e-Krishok would contribute significantly in developing a private sector led extension service and ICT enabled market linkage between farmers & buyers to ensure getting right price of their produces. The delegate from the Netherlands echoed Mr. N.I Khan mentioning the geo similarities between Bangladesh and the Netherlands, which is one of the five largest agro-product exporters in the world, credited it to the access and utilization of information in agricultures and hope Bangladesh would be among the major agro-product exporter, provided the idea is expanded and implemented accordingly. The representatives from AIS, ACI, GP, Katalyst, also stressed the need for expanding e-krishok to improve livelihood of farmers in Bangladesh and committed to work together. Mr. Shahid Uddin Akbar, CEO, BIID shared a brief presentation on e-krishok and those plan to scale up nationwide.

Published on: September 27, 2011
BIID participated in the Agro Tech Bangladesh - 2011 fair

BIID participated in the Agro Tech Bangladesh - 2011 fair organized by Rural Development Academy (RDA) in Bogra during September 22-24, 2011 with the goal to bring the agro technology & agro inputs to the doorsteps of rural farmers. ACI Ltd., the leading agro business company of Bangladesh sponsored the participation of BIID where e-Krishok service was demonstrated. It may be mentioned that ACI is a Partner of BIID for e-Krishok initiative. Honorable Minister for Industry Mr. Dilip Barua inaugurated the exhibition. Bangladesh including 8 foreign countries participated in the fair to showcase their Agri inputs, Machineries & Technologies......

Published on: January 01, 2011
Discussion session on Telecentre/ICT4D

Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID) has organized a Knowledge sharing session on Telecentre/ICT4D practices in Bangladesh on 15th January 2011 at BRAC Center Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka. Leading organizations who are working on ICT4D like Grameen Phone, D.net, Grameen Communication, BTN, A2I/PMO, AIS, Katalyst, ARBAN IT, WIN Incorporate, BRAC Net, Dhaka Ahsania Mission and CISCO participated in this event. Dr. Roger Harris (Telecentre/ICT4D specialist) was present as the key discussant. Mr. Md.N.I.Khan (PS-1 to PM and NPD, A2I) and Md.Shahid Uddin Akbar (CEO of BIID) were also present among others. Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, A2I/PMO moderated this session. Participants shared their expert experiences and knowledge on various aspects on Telecentre/ICT4D. "The more a telecentre is required to generate revenues, the less emphasis it will place on supporting development and the more it will place on revenue-generating services."- Dr. Roger Harris (Telecentre/ICT4D specialist) opined during the session. Mr. Md. N.I. Khan highlighted on to provide the proper services through telecentre to make these sustain.