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Agriculture in SAARC Countries

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» Genesis of SAIC
» Objectives
» Functions
» Governing Board
» Organization & Programmes
» Funding of SAIC

Genesis of SAIC

Most of the South Asian countries are primarily agricultural. Their economy is also based largely on agriculture. The World Bank statistics of 1995 clearly bear out the above mentioned proposition and attribute rural poverty in this countries to poor agricultural productivity.

The GDP shares of agriculture sectors of the SAARC countries (1995) are: Bangladesh-30%; Bhutan-45%; India-31%; Nepal-45%; Pakistan-25% and Sri Lanka-25% against the shares of industrial sectors that stand thus : Bangladesh-14%; Bhutan-25%; India-29%; Nepal-14%; Pakistan-24% and Sri Lanka-26%.

The labour force engaged in agriculture sector (1995) in SAARC countries are: Bangladesh-65.5%; Bhutan-90%; India-63.2%; Nepal-91.7%; Pakistan-47.4%, Sri Lanka-49.1%; and SAARC average-67.8%.

The statistics clearly indicate the fact that increase of agricultural productivity is one of the main keys to poverty alleviation in SAARC countries. Therefore, the stimulating factor in economic growth is agricultural production. These factors conclusively indicate that utmost priority is set for improvement of agriculture in SAARC countries. The first and foremost aid to agricultural development is "information". Sound informational infrastructure is thus essential for agricultural research, education and extension.

The SAARC Agricultural Information Centre (SAIC), the first regional institution of SAARC, started functioning in Dhaka in January 1989. Its main objective is sharing information mutually for the advancement of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry and allied disciplines. The problems and prospects of agriculture and ecology of the SAARC Countries are more or less the same. United by same geographical boundaries and historical ties, sharing of common experience shall be mutually helpful for all. The SAARC Technical Committee on Agriculture (TCA) underscored the need for a regional information system effective for promotion of cooperation in the field of agriculture among the Member Countries and proposed to the SAARC Standing Committee for establishment of the SAIC in Bangladesh. The Standing Committee, in its Sixth Session, approved the proposal and sent it, with their recommendations, to the Council of Ministers for consideration.

The Council of Ministers in its First Session, held in Dhaka on 12-13 August 1986, accepted the recommendations of the Standing Committee and declared in the Joint Communique issued at the conclusion of the First Session that SAIC would be established in Bangladesh. The Centre has been functioning in the premises of Agricultural Information Centre (AIC) of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council located at New Airport Road, Farmgate, Dhaka 1215 in Bangladesh. Objectives
The objectives of SAIC includes :
  • Establish regional information net-work on agricultural and allied discipline
  • Identify and document agricultural and pertinent literature
  • Identify user-specific formats for information storage and dissemination
  • Compile directories, bibliographies etc. of regional importance
  • Produce and collect audio-visual media products (microfilms, microfiche, video-films etc.)
  • Render SDI and current awareness services
  • Organize training on information and communication sciences
  • Function as the regional information centre for South Asia
  • Establish linkages with international information networks like AGRIS, CARIS, CABI, etc.
SAIC's functions include :
  • Collect information on current agricultural literature, on-going research and development projects, research and development institutions, education and training opportunities and resource persons in various fields of agriculture through the Member Countries Focal Points in the network.
  • Select, analyze and process regional agricultural documents useful to regional users.
  • Provide access to these documents for users of the region.
  • Produce bibliographies, directories, etc of regional importance.
  • Provide SDI services, copies of documents, microfiche of non-conventional (or published) literature generated in the region.
  • Organize and provide training on information and communication sciences.
  • Function as the regional centre of South Asia and have access to other regional and international systems.
Governing Board
A Governing Board (GB) composed of eminent information personalities from each Member Country formulates policy matters, approves projects, recommends budget estimates, monitors and evaluation administrative and overall activities of SAIC.

The Board is headed by a Chairman nominated for a two-year term from Member Countries by alphabetical rotation. Decisions taken by the Governing Board have to be approved by the SAARC Standing and the SAARC Council of Ministers.

The Director of the Agricultural Information Centre (AIC) of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) is concurrently the Director of SAIC. The Director is the Chief Executive of SAIC in respect of administration, finance, organization, planning, implementation and evaluation. The Director is the Member-Secretary of the Governing Board.

The Director prepares annual budget estimates, agenda and working papers for the meetings of the Governing Board and the Focal Points, writes down proceedings of these meetings, and circulates among the members.

Focal Points
The national agricultural information centres of Member Countries are the Focal Points of SAIC. Besides direct contacts, SAIC interacts with the Focal Points in respect of inputs and data for its projects.

Operation and Staffing
On a day-to-day basis, the SAIC Director guides the implementation of programmes and activities which are carried out by seven professionals. The professional staff includes four Deputy Directors, one information specialist, one computer programmer, and one reprographic specialist. The Director and professional staff are supported by 34 general service staff.

Organization and Programmes
The various activities of the SAIC are assigned to four separate yet complementary divisions : Publication, Information, Computer, Library and Reprography. Each division is headed by a professional who is responsible for the implementation of activities in his or her area. At the same time, a consultative relationship among the divisional heads ensures that activities requiring cross-divisional cooperation are properly executed. The SAIC Director plays an active role in the overall coordination of divisional efforts.

The Centre actively collects, compiles, packs and disseminates pertinent agricultural information for dissemination to SAIC clientele in SAARC member countries. In support of this, the Centre develops and maintains a wide range of databases covering all fields of agriculture. The Centre has access to international agricultural databases, applying appropriate information in a regional perspective.

Funding of SAIC
As host country, Bangladesh provides capital costs and other infrastructural facilities, such as accommodation, furniture, vehicles, equipment etc. Institutional and programme costs are shared by all the

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» Organization & Programmes
» Funding of SAIC

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