A three-day long orientation workshop for field executives of the Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) project was organized on 2-4 June 2018 at CAMPE Training Center, Dhaka. The goal of this workshop was to train the field executives for user engagement activities of IDSS project. The workshop was jointly organized by IDSS team and Training Department, ACI Limited.
Mr. Faiyead Ahmedul Hye (Senior Manager, IDSS) along with Mr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman (Manager, IDSS), Mr. Md. Zahidul Haque (Agronomy Specialist, IDSS), Mr. Mahmudul Hasan (Senior Executive, IDSS) and Mr. Md. Al-Ikrum (Senior Training Executive, ACI) conducted different sessions of the workshop. Session topics included roles and responsibilities of IDSS field executives, Fosholi - the android application developed by IDSS, farmers’ need identification and buying motives, communicating with farmers and non-farmer stakeholders, and collecting remote sensing data from fields. Role-playing sessions on briefing farmers and non-farmer stakeholders about Fosholi were also arranged. Furthermore, each field executive has been provided with a high-quality android smartphone and a powerbank to conduct demonstrations on Fosholi services and features in their designated districts. The closing ceremony of the workshop was organized at ACI Centre, Dhaka. Senior officials of ACI Limited including Mr. Md. Moinul Islam (Director, HR) and Mr. Md. Masud Karim (Head of Training) were present in the session. They congratulated the new recruits for successfully completing the workshop and encouraged them to be attentive and diligent in performing their duties. The ceremony was concluded with a note of thanks from Mr. Shamim Murad, Team Leader, IDSS project. Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) for farmers is an initiative by ACI with fund from NSO that aims to leverage geo-data to gather, target and disseminate relevant information to farmers when they need it, in a sustainable way. The ultimate vision is to make an impact in the lives of 1 million smallholder farmers of 12 Pilot Districts.