The USAID Agricultural Extension Support Activity has organized a day long ICT Refresher Training for the Upazila Agriculture Officers (UAOs) of the four demo upazilas at Jessore on May 16, 2016. The UAOs received the ICT training in 2015 and this refresher course was organized to brush up their learning and also to know any challenges the participants are facing while using the ICT tools.

Mr. K. M. Shahabuddin Ahmed, UAO, Chougacha, Jessore, Mr. Subir Kumar Biswas, UAO, Kalia, Narail and Mr. Md. Abul Bashar Miah, UAO, Faridpur Sadar, Faridpur were the participants for the refresher course.

Being the supervisors of the block level Sub Assistant Agriculture Officers (SAAOs), the UAOs, at the beginning of the training, were briefly oriented about the smartphone applications. The smartphone applications are used by the SAAOs at field levels.

Later the UAOs were oriented the functionality of dashboard system elaborately. They were given a hands on training on how to monitor SAAOs’ activities through dashboard from their laptops. The participants were also oriented on other ICT apps such as farmer query system (FQS) and Crop Diagnostics.

Mr. Hasib Ahsan, ICT Head of Operations, Mr. Md. Masudur Rahman, Senior ICT Field Coordinator, and Ms. Nitol Dewan, Assistant Project Manager from mPower were the facilitators of the refresher training.

Project staff including Mr. M. A. H. Sumon, ICT Implementation Manager, mPower and Mr. Mohammad Shawkat Ali, Regional Manager, DAM, Jessore were present in the session, where Mr. Md. Emdad Hossain Sheikh, District Training Officer (DTO), Jessore was the Special Guest for the event.