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Future Insight!! / Published January 9, 2016 by Abu Karam Mohammed Sager

Abu Karam Mohammed Sager

Future Insight!!

Once we are able to implement our idea of digital cultivation, we will help the farmers to get their basic right. Our main aim will be to eradicate the middle man and help the farmers get the deserving value for their cops. This is our future insight...
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Our Implementation Makes Our Idea More Unique!! / Published January 9, 2016 by Abu Karam Mohammed Sager

Abu Karam Mohammed Sager

Our Implementation Makes Our Idea More Unique!!

Our idea is innovative but the way we are implementing it makes it more innovative and interesting. To implement digital cultivation, we need to educate the farmer about it. Once they are aware about how the whole system will work, it will be easier for them to adapt it.
During our field survey, we got the opportunity to speak to the farmers’ directly. They were very excited, when we said them about this new technology and how it will help them to increase their yield. However, as we said that they have to come to us to learn about this new technology, they were reluctant to do so. They came up with different reasons, expressing their unwillingness to spent time on learning this new method.
In order, to motivated them to come and learn about this new technology, we offered them food. These are good food that we waste every day. Like big store and bakery, throws away a good amount of edible food every day. So we will collect it from them and distribute it to the poor farmers as an incentive to come forward and learn about this new technology. As they learn about this new technology, the community will gradually be empowered. The farmers will be smart and will use their knowledge rather than their intuition to grow crops. As a result, crop wastage is reduced to the lowest possible level and the supply gap is eradicated. Thus, the price falls and more people can afford it.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -7) [Questions 11-15] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -7) [Questions 11-15]

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As you can see in Fingure-11 when we asked them, “Do you think it could eradicate your agricultural problem which happens most of the time due to over use pesticides, fertilizer and improper irrigation?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 50 persons (98%) said YES they not only think but know so that how it hampers. Like they mentioned if a potato plant it over sprayed then it burns the plant. Likewise fertilizer is needed in different weather and situation, as they are human they often make some mistakes. These small mistakes ends up costing them much higher. So, they are more curious about the digital cultivation as it has the ability to eradicate such agricultural problems.

In Figure-12 we asked them- “Do you think we could help you, if you cooperate?” 100% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES). They also mentioned that they know we won’t be able to continue far if farmers don’t come to the community and start learning the process along with using it. As their whole life depends on cultivation/farming, it would be really helpful and useful to them. They also said that they started having confidence on us and ‘Thought for Food” that they would help them heart and soul. So, they will keep and co-operate with us too.

If we look at to Figure-13 where we asked them- “Would you send your children and women (not only women farmers) for this sort of education so, they could help you too?” Among 51 farmers 98% (50 persons) said YES but 2% (1 person only) said No. They mentioned that they are farmers, when they return home they share the work among them and do accordingly. They need helping hands and nearest people usually helping them continuously. Even they plan their children will be farmer too, so children should educated too. So, we thought if everything other is constant (ceteris paribus) then we would be providing them some basic knowledge/education too.

In Figure-14, we asked them- “Are you eager to learn about internet and technology for better cultivation process through digital cultivation/ farming?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative. They said that sometimes they see advertisement in television about internet and its benefits which made them curious about it very long back. If learning internet can help them for better productivity they would definitely go for it.

As it can be seen that in Figure 15, we asked them- “Would you still come if digital cultivation process and the community took charge/money?” This was a very interesting question. As we surveyed 51 farmers, 17 (33%) farmers said YES that they will still come because they believed we won’t be taking too much charge from marginal community like them. Also said they know we are providing knowledge and food, if we can understand their problems they will come forward even if it takes money because they will be ultimately beneficial by having better production of crops, better livelihood and less exploitation possibility. But majority people said as they are poor farmers they do not have money to contribute here, they can hardly maintain their family. So, 34 (67%) farmers said NO.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -6) [Questions 6-10] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -6) [Questions 6-10]

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As you can see in Fingure-6 when we asked them, “Would you like to follow you traditional way of farming and wasting money as you are habituated with the method or would like to embrace new method and be productive in low cost?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 50 persons (98%) said YES they would embrace the new method as it will increase their productivity. In addition, they mentioned that where old habits are no more beneficial for new century and opportunity would be coming to their way, they would like to grab it and utilize it properly. Only 1 person (2%) said he would like to stick with the old one as because it might get hard for him understand this matter. We understand that he was quite scared about the procedural understanding which we will be teaching them in the easiest way possible.

In Figure-7 we asked them- “If we provide smart-farming without any cost and it helps you to benefit, would you come forward?” 100% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES). They also mentioned that humans can make mistakes but machines cannot if it is designed properly for them. They are very enthusiastic to learn for better production of crops and to make their livelihood better than earlier

If we look at to Figure-8 where we asked them- “Do you think it would be a very good idea?” Among 51 farmers 100% people replied YES. They were very smart people, they said that in this new and competitive era if they have such competitive advantage for producing crops then middle-men who sells crops on behalf of them would not be able to exploit them like those middle-men do now.

In Figure-9, we asked them- “Would you come to the community if we provide a full nutrition package of food for coming and learning about smart farming from our community without any cost?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative. We had to ask this question because many farmers think after long day work, when they know after going home they have to do house chores they might become busy & tired to join our community. So, when we asked this question they said that would be very encouraging as we were understanding the problems regarding different sort of workloads.

As it can be seen that in Figure 10, we asked them- “Would or are you happy to know that you would get free food for your family?” Here 100% farmers that we surveyed said YES. This question is quite related to the previous question.

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -5) [Questions 1-5] / Published January 9, 2016 by Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Nujhat Nakiba Khushbu

Data Analysis (Live Testing Version -5) [Questions 1-5]

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When we took the primary research there were mainly 15 questions that we asked them rather than Name, Gender, Age, District, Profession. Basically we prepared questions in two (2) languages, one in Bengali and two in English. As they would not be able to understand English we had to translate same questions into Bengali but, for your convenience when we made entries in English at Google Survey from the basic Bengali (Bangladesh’s National Language) papers. We can show that as Appendix later on if required.

As you can see in Figure-1 when we asked them, “Do you face problems regarding cultivation methods that you are using now?” Among total amount of 51 persons, 47 person answered YES and 4 persons said NO. Among this 51 persons 13 were female and 38 were male. So, we can say more than 90% farmers suffer from different sort of cultivation problems.

In Figure-2 we asked them- “Do you face problems regarding irrigation, chemical &injection while farming?” 98% person farmers answered Affirmatively (YES) and other 2% only said NO. So, we can understand they face serious problems as irrigation, chemical & injection are crucial for proper cultivation.

Now if we look at to Figure-3 where we asked them- “Do you face problem of crop wastage every year due to not having enough cultivation progress or knowledge?” Among 51% farmers’ 100% people replied YES. They mentioned sadly that they think that they lack proper knowledge, though with time they get experienced but still due to rapid weather change everyone makes mistake and crop wastage takes place.

In Figure-4, we asked them- “Do you think if a community like us could help learning smart farming it would help?” 100% of them replied in Affirmative as we also mentioned in earlier blogs that they loved the process of Digital Cultivation or Smart Farming when we explained it to them.

As it can be seen that in Figure 5, we asked them- “Do you feel the community start helping at first and then they do not show up anymore?” Here is a big that we came to know that none other than us came to visit them for agricultural purpose, we are the 1st people to visit them for such important matter. So, in answer 49% which means 25 farmer said YES but 51% which means 26 farmers said NO. As none other NGO’s came to them. We visited three (3) districts and most of the farmers said the same.

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