Enhancing computer and smartphone skills of farmers
11:17 - 22/01/2018
(VNFU Website) – On  January 18, the Workshop on 2017 project summing-up and planning for 2018 took place in Hanoi with the participation of the Central Project Management Unit and 9 provinces involved in the project. According to the report, in 2017, as part of the project “Enhancing computer and smartphone skills of farmers” sponsored by Google, 70 training courses for 1,796 staff and local members were held. Besides, members who attended those courses also shared their knowledge of computer, smartphone and internet use with 2,555 other members.
In 2017, the project organized sharing workshops on computer, smartphone and internet use in 4 provinces which were Bac Giang, Lam Dong, Tien Giang, Bac Lieu for 232 provincial staff and members.
In order to promote the access to and knowledge sharing about computer, smartphone and internet use as well as in production and life, project management units (PMU) of 9 provinces established 66 offline clubs with 1,132 members. Club meetings take place once a month and activities of which are always attached to activities of cooperative groups, cooperatives, branch units of VNFU in 9 provinces.
As well as that, the project also established 63 online clubs with 1,169 members. Trainers of provincial FUs have been encouraging members of the clubs to actively share info, knowledge and experience in daily life and production with other, and conducting online interaction among clubs. Additionally, updates of tutorials on computer, smartphone and internet use, instructions on livestock raising and cultivation techniques, agriculture-related website on Facebook, Hangouts, etc. are also encouraged.
Especially, 9 provincial PMU managed to mobilize outside resources (a computer valued 12 million dong - Bac Lieu and 559.8 million dong - 108.5 million dong of Bac Giang, 200 million dong of Binh Phuoc, 61.3 million dong of Lai Chau, 40 million dong of Nghe An and 150 million dong of Nam Dinh) and conduct extent activities. Besides, Lam Dong PMU in collaboration with Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) in Lam Dong did a give away of 500 agricultural extension simcards for local FU staff and members, gave 70 gift sets consisting of helmet, raincoat and agricultural extension simcards for local FU staff, etc.
As the project progresses, awareness and capacity of computer, smartphone and internet use of most FU staff and members have changed positively, which encourages FU members to approach new knowledge and technologies, and boosts the application of advanced technologies to farming.
After training, participants are able to create their groups via computer, smartphone on the platform of Facebook, Zalo, Google Hangouts, etc. Also, they have been actively sharing what they have learnt about computer, smartphone and internet with their relatives, friends, etc.
Mr. Son Ngoc Xuan, Head of the “Farmers with Internet” Club in Di Trach Commune (Bac Lieu) stated that thanks to the training, he could learn shrimp farming techniques via internet and apply those techniques to production, find solutions to shrimp diseases, which helped him improve productivity and profit. He also shared with and helped other farmers find info of farming. Xuan suggested bringing the project to remote areas resided by ethnic minorities to benefit people there as he himself was an ethnic minority man and he did benefit greatly from it. He also hoped PMU to establish a new section on the website of the project - Friends From Places. By which, he expected to find exemplary production models nationwide so as to benefit not only himself but also the society.
Head of the club in Trung Thanh Commune, Vu Ban District (Nam Dinh) addressed that his club had been receiving big support from Nam Dinh provincial FU in general and Nam Dinh PMU in particular. During training, participants was very committed and really having fun as they felt the enthusiasm from trainers. As the result, participants initially knew how to make use of the internet to communicate with relatives wherever they were.
During the workshop, representative of VNPT presented its collaboration plan to support the project. According to the presentation, VNPT tends to provide high speed internet connection service - Fiber VNN, high data mobile service, online meeting package - Mega Vmeeting HD, product origin tracking application - VNPT Check, etc. 

To sum up, Director of VNFU International Cooperation Department and also the Project, Nguyen Xuan Dinh highly appreciated the results that the Project had initally obtained. He also acknowledged all the sharing, proposals of farmers who directly received training, leaders of local FUs and governments at the workshop. The director also gave directions, emphasized activities and tasks that the project needed to focus on in the future.
Minh Quang - translated by Minh Hue
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