Web Application for Crop Management Launched in India
It is very easy to develop and launch digital tools and applications. The real challenge is to empirically measure their impact on the target communities. Can the Indian government measure and reveal the impact truthfully? ~ Rakesh Raman
The Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Minister in India, Radha Mohan Singh launched Tuesday a Crop Manager for Rice-based Systems (CMRS).
It is a web-based application for better crop and nutrient management released for Bihar farmers in a program organised at ICAR-RCER in Patna.
While launching the app, the minister congratulated the scientists of different institutes involved in development of this app.
The app will be a part of Digital India program, already launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and will be linked with Soil Health scheme for bringing access to new technologies to rural India.
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CMRS can be used with a computer, mobile, or tablet and aims to increase farmer’s net income and sustain the productivity for rice-based cropping systems in Bihar.
The app provides irrigated and rain-fed farmers with rice-based cropping systems in Bihar with a crop and nutrient management guideline customized to the needs of an individual farmer.
It uses a farmer’s answers to questions on farming practices to automatically generate a rice, wheat, or rabi maize management guideline.
The app is designed for use by extension workers, crop advisers, input providers, and providers of services who interview a farmer using a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Photo courtesy: Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt of India