The Role ICTs in promoting Agricultural Development in the Rural Society

ICTs are generating an information revolution, which is changing the way we live, work and learn. The convergence in communication and computing technologies, the rapid growth in networking and the sharp decline in the cost and price of information processing are driving the information revolution.
This revolution is pervasive in it’s impact and is transforming existing social and economic relations into an information and knowledge society, and is one of the key driving and main vehicles for the process of development. Information and communication are significant factors in the performance and growth of economies and their importance is relevant in accelerating growth in the agriculture sector. Both traditional and modern ICTs offer promising solutions to strengthening and delivering information to rural communities. The Internet alone has a host of services including e-mail, voice telephony, e-commerce, teleconference, Tele-education and
Tele-medicine among other services. Cross sections of people in Uganda have benefited from these developments in telecommunications. This has simplified the activities of transacting business electronically. We therefore appeal and encourage the general Public civil servants and farmers are to use the facilities.
In Nakaseke, farmers have been empowered to use ICTs to access agricultural information and marketing their produce using ICT tools. This was achieved through a series of organized trainings. A training manual was developed in collaboration with CAB International. The manual was focusing on different ICT tools like the Radio, Computer applications, a camera, fax, Mobile cello phones, Fixed Telephones, photocopying and Internet.