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Soon, farmers to detect crop disease via mobile by Hemant Singh

Source: iGovernment

The new application, known as “mKrishi” will be available to farmers through mobile phones network throughout the country.
Published on 11/11/2010 - 14:18:03 PM
By Hemant Singh

Chandigarh: Farmers all across the nation need not worry about pests and crop diseases as they will soon be able to get all this information on their mobile phones.

The pilot project will be implemented in a few villages of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh initially. Agricultural experts in some of the villages are already gathering information from a wireless sensor network spread across the farms, wherein based on soil, weather, rainfall and other parameters diseases in crops are being detected.

The new application, known as “mKrishi”, to detect the crop diseases has been developed by Tata Consultancy Services. “It took us more than two years to develop this mobile phone application. This sensing technology will be available to farmers through mobile phones network throughout the country,” TCS scientist Dr Bhushan Jagyasi said.

To cost Rs 100 a month, the service providers will provide application to high-end phone users; TCS will support the low-end users. Once the application is loaded on the phone, agriculture experts will send a set of questions to farmers related to symptoms of diseases in the local language.

“Farmers will respond in yes or no. Answers will help experts in detecting the crop disease, who will suggest remedial measures to farmers individually. Also, farmers can receive the images showing a disease- affected crop,” added Dr Jagyasi.

In Punjab, experts at Punjab Agricultural University will help the farmers through this application. To begin with, this season farmers will get information regarding the late Bligh disease afflicting the potato crop. This application will later be extended to detect other diseases.

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Comment by Shipra Sharma on November 15, 2010 at 11:48am
Thanks Dr. Syed. It is indeed a great move towards raeching the unreached through the mobile phone. It could serve as an extension of and support to telecentre activities
Comment by DR. SYED MD. ZAINUL ABEDIN on November 12, 2010 at 12:14pm
This is a great information.The investment on mobile phone will be felt more clearly when the farmers will get timely information for their crops,livestock,fisheries and forestry.Hope this initiative will be fruitful soon.

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