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Information Management for Sri Lankan Vegetable Farmers: Effectiveness of ICT Applications

Show simple item record Baddegamage, SI De Silva, LNC Goonetillake, MDJS 2021-12-24T06:57:04Z 2021-12-24T06:57:04Z 2021
dc.description.abstract The paramount scenario behind Sri Lankan agriculture is that one-third of the country's population which engages in agriculture contributes to only 7% of the GDP. The distribution of smaller amounts of income among large communities increases poverty among farmers in Sri Lanka. This limited income shrinks further due to sudden price drops, wastage, damages and oversupply. Various types of ICT-based solutions have been provided to eliminate poverty among farmers in Sri Lanka. However, research findings and literature show that most farmers are still suffering in poverty in the information age with the availability of many forms of information sources required for farmers. Due to some issues or reasons, farmers do not continuously use information systems and available information systems become obsolete within a short period due to lack of continued use. The research explores reasons for the low use of information and communication technology-based agricultural information systems among Sri Lankan farming community. The research collected data using literature review, questionnaires and interviews from 76 farmers in four districts of Sri Lanka. Weekly average prices of three selected vegetables and selling offer received for a digital classified AgriApp was observed for one year and collected data was analysed to identify farmers’ and market behaviour patterns. Research findings will help increase ICT practices in agriculture, reduce wastage, control price fluctuation and eliminate oversupply. It will ensure a continuous supply of vegetables and food security to the nation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject ICT en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject vegetable farmers en_US
dc.title Information Management for Sri Lankan Vegetable Farmers: Effectiveness of ICT Applications en_US
dc.type Article Full Text en_US
dc.identifier.journal KDU IRC, 2021 en_US
dc.identifier.issue Faculty of Computing en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos 166-173 en_US

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