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Title: Mobile-Krishi based Agro advisory and weather services
Authors: Rajpoot, Nandan Singh
Verma, Shyam Kishore
Sharma, Kailash Chandra
Tiwari, Aditya
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Agriculture is a main occupation is India. Agriculture play an important role in Indian economy. Agricultural produce is entirely dependent on weather. From past few years, unseasonal rains, hailstorms have impacted major crops in the negative manner. Despite being consistently good, crop produce is getting affected by untimely rains. To protect the crops from getting damaged, it is important that farmers have access to rain and other information in advance. To achieve this IARI and TCS came together under National Agriculture Innovation Project. This enabled latest researches and new agricultural technologies to reach farmer field through mobile based agro advisory and weather services. The pilot of the service started in four states – Dhar (MP), Raigad (MH), Ganjam (Odisha), Mewat (Haryana). In present times, mobile based mKRISHI is proving to be easy, simple and convenient medium for transferring agricultural research from lab to farmer field. Through this medium farmers are able to get information about agriculture and weather for their local region at their fingertips. Under the service farmers can raise their question and ask agriculture experts about their agri or weather related concerns by recording their voices or by sending pre text questions. In case of pest and diseases, farmers can share the photos of their infected plants, fields with the experts. Expert's advices the farmer questions on timely basis. Information related to best practices of crops, pests, diseases, irrigation, govt. schemes, market rates, weather etc. In Dhar (MP) only farmer have accessed weather services for more than 30 thousand times. Due to this service farmers are able to get timely advice on weather which enables them take appropriate actions for their field operations and save damage from unseasonal rains. Also latest agricultural information, crop knowledge, crops alerts, is being shared with the remote farmers on regular basis. Through this technology their social and economic development is progressing at a good pace and contributing their part in nation development.
Page(s): 44-48
Appears in Collections:BVAAP Vol.24(1) [June 2016]

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