Role of Information and Communication Technology Tools (ICT) in Rural Development

6 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2013

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B. Swaminathan

Dept. of Agrl. Econ., Junagadh Agricultural University

K.C. Siva Balan

Department of Agricultural Extension- IIAT, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University; Department of Agricultural Extension- IIAT, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Date Written: March 16, 2013

Abstract

The rise of Information and Communication Technology has leveled the field of progress and development. No more development could be confined to a single place, however subtle it may be of. The rural India is lagging no way behind in adopting the usage of ICT tools. Mobile phones, TV sets, radios why even computers and laptops are entering their scaffolds in fervent pace. It could be very well said that agriculture, though loosing its sheen, still occupies predominant position in rural hinterlands. Any amount of growth is not possible in rural lands and populace alike with the links to agriculture getting severed. It could very well be hypothesized that rural India could develop if agriculture could touch some higher notches. This paper was intended to find how ICT tools could be better utilized to deliver farmers and thereby farming better. An attempt has been made to find out how far the farmers use and utilize ICT tools for the agricultural activities. Moreover attempt has also been made to bring out the difficulties of farmers in accessing ICT tools to better their prospects from agriculture. Since marketing has become the major driving force in mapping and sequencing a cropping activity, this paper also tries to bring out the scope of ICT tools in bettering the remuneration of farming community. In short, the paper tries to pinpoint that only when farming becomes a viable proposition rural development would be possible and sustainable.

Note: Downloadable document is in Tamil (a south Indian language).

Keywords: ICT tools, rural development, India

JEL Classification: Q16

Suggested Citation

Swaminathan, B. and Balan, K.C. Siva, Role of Information and Communication Technology Tools (ICT) in Rural Development (March 16, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2242327 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2242327

B. Swaminathan (Contact Author)

Dept. of Agrl. Econ., Junagadh Agricultural University ( email )

Department of Agricultural Economics
Junagadh, TN 362001
India
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K.C. Siva Balan

Department of Agricultural Extension- IIAT, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University ( email )

Trichy, 641003
India

Department of Agricultural Extension- IIAT, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University ( email )

e-Extension Centre
Technology Park 5
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641003
India

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