Assam Agricultural University (AAU) with the support of IRRI and the Assam Department of Agriculture, launched the Assamese and English version of the Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB).
RKB Assam is a digital extension service that provides practical knowledge solutions, specialized for small-scale farmers for Assam. The website showcases rice production techniques, agricultural technologies, and best farming practices based on IRRI’s and AAU’s pool of knowledge from research findings, learning and media resources, and in-country projects.
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Rice Knowledge Bank
RKB showcases rice production techniques, agricultural technologies, and best farming practices based on IRRI’s pool of knowledge from research findings, learning, and media resources, and in-country projects.
To facilitate easy access to information, RKB highlights the Step-by-step Production Stages from pre-planting to postproduction management, Decision Tools, and Agronomy Guides to help people make informed farming decisions.
RKB serves to address the biggest challenge to agricultural development by supporting the fast and effective transfer of technologies from the research laboratory to the farmer’s field.
Banking our rice knowledge
In 2002, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) discovered that, while it had vast amounts of valuable rice-farming knowledge, the information was not really accessible to the wider extension community of government and non-government organizations, universities, and the private sector. To bridge this gap, the Institute formed the Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB), which brought together all of IRRI’s current validated rice-farming knowledge relevant to the extension community, and made it available in a one-stop-shop on the Internet and on CD.