In this Information Technology age, most of the people in the developed countries and a substantial section of the population in the developing countries like India access the internet to seek information on various subjects, thanks to the information and communication technologies (ICT). But, In many developing and under developed countries, there is still a substantial number of people who have no access to such technologies as a result of which they are disadvantaged in their access to information. This is specifically true in case of farming community. And Sericulture and Silk industry are no exception to it. The phenomenal growth in silk production in the country during last two decades was largely due to the series of research breakthroughs made by various research organizations of the Central Silk Board like, evolution of productive bivoltine silkworm breeds/mulberry varieties, appropriate rearing technologies for bivoltine races and cross-breeds, package of practices, etc. Though, Central Silk Board and state Departments of Sericulture of different states are actively involved in taking such technologies and recent findings to the stakeholders through their extension networks effectively, yet in order to strengthen the extension network through IT initiatives Central Silk Board developed Seri-information Kiosks in English and regional languages. These touch screen kiosks have helped sericulturists t access sericulture and silk related technologies/information actually on finger tips! They mainly provide information on new mulberry varieties; silkworm races; packages of practices; diseases/pests and their control measures; seasonal forewarning; reeling; wet processing; weaving; training programmes; projects/ schemes; market information; details of manufacturers/dealers of sericultural appliances/ chemicals, etc. The market information on cocoon and silk at designated markets is updated on day to day basis. These Kiosks have been already working in few selected sericultural states successfully. The farmers have been utilizing these touch screen kiosks for their requirement. Still efforts are on by the CSB to bring in these units under on-line connectivity for updating the market rates of cocoons and silk on hourly basis. Now, efforts are being made to put these kiosks on interactive mode, connecting the stakeholders with the Research Institutes of the CSB and Departments of Sericulture.

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SERI– information kiosks– science communication and beyond

Mukund V Kirsur   Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute

H. S Phaniraj   NSSO, Vijayapura, Karnataka

A. D Jadhav   Directorate of Sericulture, Maharashtra, Nagpur

S. M. H Qadri   Central Sericultural Research & Training Institute

In this Information Technology age, most of the people in the developed countries and a substantial section of the population in the developing countries like India access the internet to seek information on various subjects, thanks to the information and communication technologies (ICT). But, In many developing and under developed countries, there is still a substantial number of people who have no access to such technologies as a result of which they are disadvantaged in their access to information. This is specifically true in case of farming community. And Sericulture and Silk industry are no exception to it. The phenomenal growth in silk production in the country during last two decades was largely due to the series of research breakthroughs made by various research organizations of the Central Silk Board like, evolution of productive bivoltine silkworm breeds/mulberry varieties, appropriate rearing technologies for bivoltine races and cross-breeds, package of practices, etc. Though, Central Silk Board and state Departments of Sericulture of different states are actively involved in taking such technologies and recent findings to the stakeholders through their extension networks effectively, yet in order to strengthen the extension network through IT initiatives Central Silk Board developed Seri-information Kiosks in English and regional languages. These touch screen kiosks have helped sericulturists t access sericulture and silk related technologies/information actually on finger tips! They mainly provide information on new mulberry varieties; silkworm races; packages of practices; diseases/pests and their control measures; seasonal forewarning; reeling; wet processing; weaving; training programmes; projects/ schemes; market information; details of manufacturers/dealers of sericultural appliances/ chemicals, etc. The market information on cocoon and silk at designated markets is updated on day to day basis. These Kiosks have been already working in few selected sericultural states successfully. The farmers have been utilizing these touch screen kiosks for their requirement. Still efforts are on by the CSB to bring in these units under on-line connectivity for updating the market rates of cocoons and silk on hourly basis. Now, efforts are being made to put these kiosks on interactive mode, connecting the stakeholders with the Research Institutes of the CSB and Departments of Sericulture.

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