Digital Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture & Ecology
- Focus on India’s two primary pillars of development: Agriculture and Ecology
- Role, impact and importance of ICTs in relation to Climate Change and Agriculture
- Cumulative involvement of various sectors for a comprehensive approach to progressiveness in employment
CHAIR: Sheo Shekhar Shukla, IAS, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal
MODERATOR: Jinesh Shah, Co-founder, Omnivore Partners
JURY EXPERT: Amitabh Singhal, Board member, PIR.ORG
PANELIST: Sunjay VS, Senior Manager, Agribusiness Practices, PwC
Mr. L P Semwal, Apple Project India
Krishna Kumar, CropIn Technology Solutions
Anuj Kumar Mahat, Birthday Forest
Narasimhan Mandyam, Impel Touch
Dr. P. Ahamed, e-Krishi Patashala
Amit Mazumder, Farmers’ Advisory
S.N Islam, Expert System on Seed Spices
Dr. A. Sakeer Husain, KAU Agri-Infotech Portal
Some major features of Apple Project India include:
- Agriculture based Information for Apple farming
- Weather forecasting
- Market Price evaluation
- Planning for selling
- Centralized ICT management with distributed activities
- Ease of development and deployment of technology
- Information sharing among different stake holders and to make them familiar with ICT
Crop In also helps in managing the plot for the farmer and helps to measure the area of the land accurately so that use of seeds, fertilizer and pesticides can be optimized, through collaborations with different participants like farmers management team, advisory team, farm managers. The initiative can also provide real time Harvest and productivity estimation.
Birthday Forest takes request from the owner (generally the government land) via web and mobile to plant trees in selected location.
Once birthday forest receives approval, it plants trees on behalf of people and moreover it takes care of planted trees providing guarantee for three years after plantation. Birthday forest also send the longitude and latitude along with half yearly status report of a tree, one has planted giving a peace of mind and satisfaction on one’s contribution to nature.
Birthday forest helps to build sustainable community forest and help community forest user group get incentive via carbon trading and ultimately help to reduce climate change. The project targets increased plantation by the side of the road in urban area to increase greenery, decrease noise pollution and to build the aesthetic of the city. The organization also involves school children in field visits to community forests and aware them about plant and involve them in plantation.
Initially, three courses were launched in organic agriculture management, landscaping and plant propagation, processing and marketing.
S.N Islam, Expert System on Seed Spices : Expert System on Seed Spices is an initiative for the knowledge dissemination on seed spices using Information Communication Technology. The project provides all the relevant information about the Crop Management on 4 major and 6 minor seed spices. It will advise farmers on variety selection, field preparation,fertilizer application, schedule of irrigation, plant protection from pests/diseases/nematodes. It will be able to provide solution to the problems faced by the farmers through online queries. It will also help in identifying insect/pest attack and suggest defense mechanism. It will also enhance the efficiency of Agricultural Extension personnel. This way it will help in transfer of technology for increasing production of seed spices and will contribute to enhancement of production level of seed spices.