What is ICT in Agriculture?

The proper question is…

what exactly are ICTs? And can they really be useful and cost-effective for poor farmers with restricted access to capital, electricity, and infrastructure?

First, an ICT is any device, tool, or application that permits the exchange or collection of data through interaction or transmission. ICT is an umbrella term that includes anything ranging from radio to satellite imagery to mobile phones or electronic money transfers.

Second, these ICTs and others have gained traction even in impoverished regions. The increases in their affordability, accessibility, and adaptability have resulted in their use even within rural homesteads relying on agriculture. Continue reading What is ICT in Agriculture?

ICT: Finding A Place In The Agriculture Sector

Information and communication

have always mattered in agriculture. Ever since people have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, they have sought information from one another. What is the most effective planting strategy on steep slopes? Where can I buy the improved seed or feed this year? How can I acquire a land title? Who is paying the highest price at the market? How can I participate in the government’s credit program?

Producers rarely find it easy to obtain answers to such questions, even if similar ones arise season after season. Farmers in a village may have planted the “same” crop for centuries, but over time, weather patterns and soil conditions change and epidemics of pests and diseases come and go. Updated information allows the farmers to cope with and even benefit from these changes. Providing such knowledge can be challenging, however, because the highly localized nature of agriculture means that information must be tailored specifically to distinct conditions. Continue reading ICT: Finding A Place In The Agriculture Sector

Bekerja Keraslah

Mengapa orang kafir bekerja keras bahu membahu dengan keterampilan tinggi, seakan akan susah benar untuk mendapatkan neraka.

Sedangkan kita bekerja seadanya sendiri sendiri dengan ilmu pas-pasan, seakan-akan mudah benar mendapatkan surga.

(Muhammad Hafidz, Ketua DDII saat berbicara di redaksi majalah Hidayatullah 6 Oktober 2003)

Memberi = Menerima

Dalam suatu hikayat diceritakan bahwa ada seorang ayah yang mempunyai 3 orang anak dengan harta sebanyak: “19 ekor kerbau” 🐮🐮

Ketika mendekati ajalnya, sang Ayah membagikan warisan kepada ketiga anaknya dengan pesan: 1/2 utk anak pertama, 1/4 utk anak kedua, 1/5 utk anak ketiga.

Setelah sang ayah meninggal dunia ketiga anaknya membagikan kerbau sesuai pesan ayah mereka. Tapi mereka menemukan kesulitan dan keganjilan: Continue reading Memberi = Menerima

Tujuan Nishab

Allah mensariatkan nishab mempunyai dua tujuan:

  1. Untuk membersihkan harta bentuknya zakat, hukumnya wajib. Perhitungan ada rumusnya.
  2. Untuk distribusi harta. Harta yg sudah dibersihkan oleh zakat, bukan sepenuhnya hak kita, ada kewajiban lain yaitu mensukuri nikmat harta, bentuknya wakaf , hibah, infak. Ukurannya iklas.

General Hardness (GH) – Ca:Mg Conversion

This short article to remind me that 1 dGH (1 German degree of water general hardness) is 7.2 ppm Ca++ or 4.3 ppm Mg++, also provided Ca:Mg conversion/ratio calculator.

GH – General Hardness AKA: Permanent Hardness

GH is the measure of Calcium and Magnesium salts (to a small extent, other divalent cations). These are cations with a 2+ charge.  All fresh water sources contain calcium and magnesium in varying quantities. They form salts with anions (which have a negative charge). The most important of these are bicarbonate HCO3 and sulphate SO42-. Continue reading General Hardness (GH) – Ca:Mg Conversion