On Monday, 25 February IT trainings for farmers in the Glavinci library and in the Internet center of the Jagodina library started.
In the second group of farmers from Glavinci (the first group completed the training successfully) are people who do not have any computer skills. The teacher, Bojan Novic, is teaching them how to use Windows operating system, opening and sending e-mails, picture downloading, using Google as a search engine, and visiting the agricultural websites and the website of Serbian Ministry of Agriculture.
For farmers who do not have libraries in their villages, the training is being held at the Jagodina library. The group consists of farmers with basic computer skills, but who cannot find the right information about the state subsidies, filling in agricultural forms, selling and buying on the Internet. The teachers have made booklets based on different levels of knowledge, so farmers can revise at home what they learn at the libraries.
Some of the farmers at the training in the Jagodina library asked about agricultural websites in foreign languages because they were aware of the fact that latest information and news regarding agriculture came from the United States, Germany, the UK, etc. The teacher explained that it was possible to visit foreign websites and translate the texts with Google translate or similar tools.
Of course, the translation would not be perfect, but at least, it was possible to understand the texts in general. They wanted to see how it worked and visited two sites: http://www.agriculture.com/ and http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/a/agriculture/index.html . They were satisfied with the result.