Poultry expert system: Information technology enabled extension delivery system

D. Thammi Raju, B. Sudhakar Rao and B.R. Gupta*
Dept. of Veterinary & AH Extension , *Dept. of Animal Genetics and Breeding
College of Veterinary Science, Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-30

Timely dissemination of experts’ advice in multiple locations is the need of hour. The drawbacks of traditional extension system opened the door for the development of new innovative extension delivery systems to cater the needs of clientele by using Information Technology, whose potential is harnessed in many fields. The Expert System is one such IT application whose utility in meeting the information needs of farmers is to be explored for its wider usage. Computer programming language ‘Visual Basic 6.0’ and ‘MS Access’ were utilized to develop Poultry Expert System; as a means of alternative Extension Delivery System. The Poultry Expert Systemwas developed based on the perceived information needs of 75 commercial poultry farmers of Rangareddy district of Andhra Pradesh.

The prioritized information needs were categorized into major heads viz. common diseases, biosecurity, drugs and summer management; for the development of Poultry Expert System. The expert advice on the selected information needs was obtained from the experienced and qualified Poultry Specialists/Scientists. The content was presented in formats such as visual, written, audio, video in simple and understandable user-friendly manner. The process of development was discussed. The Poultry Expert System was demonstrated to about 40 end users (commercial poultry farmers) and its applicability was tested in the field situation. It has greater utility, less complexity, moderate compatibility, and had high technical expertise. It was very much feasible and practicable to use in the field and improvement in some of the user attributes such as self-confidence, interest, decision-making and attitude was also observed. The suggestions given by the farmers such as audio in local language (Telugu), more visuals etc were also incorporated for its wider utility.

Source : IPSACON-2005

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