Via the “Sowing App” farmers receive important information on seeds, soil treatment etc. <br/>Photo: ICRISAT
Via the “Sowing App” farmers receive important information on seeds, soil treatment etc.
Photo: ICRISAT

03.02.2017

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ICRISAT, Microsoft and the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are co-operating on introducing a digital “Sowing Application” to help farmers to optimise their groundnut harvests. The app provides farmers with essential information on seed treatment, weed management, land preparation, fertilising etc.

Following the launch of the pilot in June 2016, which tested a new Sowing Application for farmers combined with a “Personalised Village Advisory Dashboard” for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the results show a 30 per cent higher average in yield per hectare. The Sowing App was developed to help farmers achieve optimal harvests by advising on the best time to sow depending on weather conditions, soil and other indicators. The pilot was implemented in Devanakonda Mandal in Kurnool district, and the Advisory was applied only to the groundnut crop.

This scheme was facilitated through a partnership between the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Microsoft and the Andhra Pradesh government. The pioneering digital tools were released as part of the Andhra Pradesh Primary Sector Mission (APPSM), also known as Rythu Kosam.
 
ICRISAT adopted Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite, including Machine Learning (ability of computers to learn without being specifically programmed) and Power BI or Business Intelligence, to empower farmers and government officials with technology, and to promote digital farming practices in the state.

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