This project, more commonly known as Euro-Farmers Information Technology (EFIT), is concerned with the actual use of computers and telecommunication in farm production and management. Its main objective is to develop a multimedia package in order to assist European farm trainers and advisers to promote and facilitate the use of new information and communication technologies for farm management purposes.
The project, known a Euro-Farmers Information Technology (EFIT), was concerned with the actual use of computers and telecommunications in farm production and management. A common observation methodology was developed and interviews were carried out in 3 participating countries, with farmers experienced in the use of information technology, concerning the range of such activities they adopted and their assessment of the relevance of each. A common database was built with the results of these interviews. Preliminary analysis suggests that applications of information technology are already achieving a significant role in the management of the farms surveyed. More than 30 separate activities were identified, ranging from external information about prices and technical advice to cash flow and budgets and to records and alert lists for animal and plant production systems. A prototype multimedia system on informatics for farmers has been developed and tested.
A common observation methodology was developed and validated in the three participating countries. Interviews with farmers, experienced in the use of IT, concerned the range of IT activities they adopted and their assessment of the relevance were completed in the first year of the project. A common database was build with the results of these interviews. Preliminary analysis arising from this database indicate that IT applications have achieved a significant role in the management of the visited European farms.
A common multimedia system including video, transparencies, texts and computer assisted training will be produced in the second year of the project. These materials will be adapted to national contexts in the third year and will be disseminated to agricultural advisers, teachers and trainers for promotional and educational use. These materials will include a concern for environmental protection.
It is expected that the EFIT project will stimulate a wider European interest for the further development of IT in the farm operation and management area.
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