ERIGNU FARMERS UTILIZING ICTs IN THEIR RURAL AREAS

For the full benefits of information and communication technologies and skills to be more effective in the rural areas, ICT trainings must be conducted to equip the rural population with knowledge on how to fully utilize the different available ICTs accessible to them. Training in ICTs, to a greater extent, narrows the digital gap between the rural and urban communities. The rural population should not only know about the ICTs but be able to use them. www.wougnet.org

For the ICTs to be effective and fully utilized, there must be a systematic effort to understand the exact challenges of the rural dwellers and identify the best innovative ways to address them.

Enhancing rice /green gram productivity in Northern Uganda project brought ICTs closer to the rural dwellers in the project districts of Northern Uganda. With very many challenges faced by the rural population like , high illiteracy rates, language barrier, and power shortage among others, in the project areas, extra work had to be carried out by the project team in order to realize the ICT project goals in the selected areas. www.8technologies.net


The first step was to purchase smart phones for the rural farmers , but the major challenge was that many of them were unable to fully utilize the functions of a smart phone, therefore , ICT trainings had to be carried out to enable the rural population get to know the full ICT functions of a smart phone.

Indeed, this was successfully carried out and it has created a very big positive impact in the lives of the rural dwellers. A visit to one of the farmers group in Atopi, Apac Uganda shows that the farmers are able to successfully upload their farm products online and look for online market , something which was impossible in the past. Some other farmers can now fully utilize social media especially facebook to create awareness about their farm products to the outer world.

This has indeed created extra market hence increasing on their household incomes.

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