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How does Weather and Climate affect the Agricultural Productivity in India

In India, average food consumption at present is 550 g per capita per day. With the growing population, the imminent challenge is to increase food production in order to feed the population that will reach 1.30 Billion by the year 2020. Farmers will have to produce 50% of more grains to meet the current growing demand.

India has experienced 23 large scale droughts starting from 1891 to 2009. The frequency of droughts is only expected to increase in the coming years. Weather and climate plays a key role in the success of any agricultural crop yield. Changes in temperature, precipitation, Co2 emission etc has a direct impact in the quality and quantity of the produce. Water, the most critical agricultural input in India is scarce. Nearly 55% of the total cultivated areas in our country do not have irrigation facilities. With the increase in global warming, the longevity of heat waves across India is all set to increase with warmer night temperatures. The days are getting hotter and this trend is only expected to continue.

17% of the world population is in India but we only have 4% of the water resources. With every 1 degree rise in temperature, wheat yields are predicted to fall by 5-10% . India could experience a 40% decline in in it’s agricultural productivity by the year 2080. Climate change is posing a massive threat to agriculture and food security in India

Agricultural productivity is dependent on Co2, Temperature, Solar Radiation, Precipitation, Soil Moisture and Wind Direction.

Changes in any or all of these elements has a direct impact on the crop production. So how does change in climate affect crop productivity?

Excessive rain, Untimely rain, Scanty rains with lengthy dry spells, Heat and Cold waves, Storm, High wind and Floods are some of the factors to consider .

Effect of Climate on Crop Production

Rainfall

Farmers are dependent on the monsoon that originates from the Indian and Arabian Sea. When the climate changes, the rainfall cycle, magnitude and the timing of rainfall is altered leaving the farmers unprepared for the change. When the temperature is warm, the water is held in the form of moisture. In arid regions, soil moisture gets evaporated fast leaving less water for crop production. The groundwater level in various areas are also affected with the change in climate.

Winds

Wind travels in horizontal motion from a high-pressure area to a low-pressure area. With the variations in temperature and shift in solar radiation, air from high-pressure areas rushes to the low-pressure areas causing horizontal movement of wind. When  growing plants are exposed to hot wind, it results in dwarfing due to the desiccation of plant tissue. Wind also increases the crop water requirement due to evapotranspiration and therefore an increased need for irrigation.

Carbon Dioxide

Agricultural productivity will also be affected due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Increase in CO2 will increase temperatures throughout the Earth. Plants will need extra water both to maintain their larger growth as well as to compensate for greater moisture evaporation as the heat increases. While rainwater is not sufficient for current agriculture farmers will have loss in crop productivity due to lack of enough water.

With Internet of Things in Agriculture and Smart Farming, farmers can now increase their productivity and minimize their losses. My Farm Info is one such tool.

Farmers can find the feasibility of growing any crop in their farm using this website. Through this, farmer can grow the crop which will produce maximum yield and avoid growing crops that are not feasible for their area. Forecast Advisory is also provided. With the help of such information farmers can get early warning of disease infestation so they can take proper measures to minimize their losses. Farmers can also use the crop scheduler section in this tool to keep track of all stages of their crop life cycle. SMS messages are sent to them according to the crop schedule. Even Forecast and disease alerts will notified using SMS service. Farmers can also use the Flood and wind risk pages to find the impact of flood and wind on their produce and with such valuable information, can increase their productivity and profits.

Smart Farming using My Farm Info & IoT

Wire.in stated that ‘To give stagnant agricultural growth a boost, a shift must be made from concentrating on the country’s food security to focusing on the farmers’ income security.’ NITI Aayog plan to double the farmer’s income by 2022 stressed upon the focus on irrigation and quality seeds.

Farmers in many parts of India are largely dependent on factors such as rainfall for their harvest and it has a huge impact on their profits. With uncertainties around rainfall, it has been a constant battle with nature to produce quality yields in a good quantity that will help their income and survival.

Experienced farmers used farming history and their expertise to battle this uncertainty. They were able to predict what plant will grow and how much of water was needed based on the weather condition to continue farming successfully. Generations of farmers have followed this wisdom that has been passed on to them. What they were not prepared for was the climatic change global warming and the effect it has on farming.

IOT has started transforming the agriculture industry and helping farmers to improve their crops productivity and yield. Simple factors such as knowing the soil type, when to farm, understanding weather and rainfall forecast, being ready to manage pests with preventive measures can lead to a profitable year of harvest. When one of these factors is overlooked, farmers suffer failed harvest.

A tool like My Farm Info helps farmers understand their farm better. MyFarmInfo.com is an agriculture information system to help farmer maximize their income by providing them ways to increase their yield and help them get the best price for their produce.
Farmers can input their farm details in this software tool on top of GIS interface and enter their farm details.They can look at the farm layout and locate it online using this tool. They will able be able to add new farms and get a complete report on how to improve their farm income by getting optimum NPK application, nutrition information and optimal mandi for the crop.
Some of the reports the tool provides are

Crop Scheduler

Scheduling is an important aspect of crop production. Accurate schedules are required to grow crops to marketable size at the right time of year.

Poor scheduling may cause growers to experience less productive yield. There are several factors that can influence crop productivity. To successfully schedule a crop, farmers have to work backward from the day they would like to market their crop and then decide on the date of seed sowing. WIth the help of My Farm Info tool, it is possible to keep track of all stages of crop life cycle. Farmers will receive messages according to the schedule regarding their upcoming crop stages. Forecast and disease alerts will also be sent through SMS.

Flood Risk

Another important factor that affects crop productivity is the risk of the farm getting flooded. This could be because of rainfall or due to improper irrigation management. My farm info helps in checking if the farm is susceptible to floods using 10 years of historical data. Farmers with that knowledge can work on preventive measures and reduce the chance of flooding.

Wind Risk Management

Another external factor that could affect the crops is wind. Exposure of growing plants to wind results in dwarfing due to desiccation of plant tissue and will thereby reduce its growth. The wind also increases crop water requirements. The Wind Risk page in My Farm Info helps farmers to find the impact of flood and the wind on their produce.

Adapting to Change

Agricultural industry is fast growing and will always have changes. There will also be a set of risks for the produce. Farmers who want to be successful have to be willing to change, adopt to technology and move to smart farming than age old traditional practice.

Effective Crop Management Strategies to Increase Income and Yield.

India loses 15-25 per cent potential crop output due to pests, weeds, and diseases. Harvest and post-harvest loss of India’s major agricultural produce are estimated at Rs 92,651 crore ($13 billion), according to data published by the ministry of food processing industries on August 9, 2016. The numbers have gotten far worse this year. In February 2017, an ICAR scientist stated that pests eat away 35% of total crop yield. Such large-scale crop loss has an adverse effect on biosafety with the increasing demand due to population growth. The European Union has banned the import of Indian mangoes as they failed to pass its stringent biosecurity regulations.

P.K. Chakrabarty, Assistant Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research stated that among all the pests, nematodes, the microscopic parasite had recently emerged as a major threat to crops in India and has caused an estimated loss of 60 million tonnes of crops every year.

Crop protection and crop enhancement solutions are readily available and it is a matter of creating awareness to farmers and village authorities and implementing these solutions in a systematic manner.

Chairman Standing Committee of Parliament on Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Hukmdev Narayan Yadav stated that

‘’The situation should be tackled collectively by farmer associations, industry players, government, and pesticide regulatory bodies in a time bound manner.’’

With the advancement of Internet of Things(IoT) in agriculture, there are tools that can help farmers identify and prevent pests in their crops. My Farm info is one such tool.

In the Farm Management section of this tool, farmers can save their farm details by drawing their farm on top of GIS interface. Once the information is fed into the system by the farmer, Once we have this information, the tool will provide the farmer with optimum NPK application, nutrition information and optimal mandi for the crop.

In the Crop Feasibility section of this tool, farmers can find the feasibility of growing any crop on their farm. When this is done at the early stage, farmers can decide which crop is the best to grow that will produce maximum yield. He will also be able to avoid growing crops that are not feasible for his area.

The tool also has a Crop Management section. Farmers can find the probability of disease infestation in their crop. This scientific tool uses sophisticated algorithms in concurrence with the last 10-year historical data to find disease probability for the farmer’s crop. Forecast Advisory can be used by the farmer to get early warning of disease infestation so they can take proper measures to minimize loss. The tool also tells the farmer the right pesticide to use and in what quantity.Farmers can now protect their fields and seek the fruits of their yields without worrying about precision. Some of the farmers are not aware of the right quantity of pesticide their crop would require. In such cases, too much of pesticides are applied that leads to the produce being poisonous for human consumption.

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My Farm Info provides pest and disease vulnerability across 34 crops. By knowing this in advance, farmers are able to take preventive measure to protect their crops. It is also possible for farmers to get in touch with My Farm Info for contact spraying by sharing their contact details. Once this information is shared, My Farm Info gets in touch with the local dealers and provides the necessary pesticide.

Nutrient Management is one of the key factors in the quality and yield potential of a crop. The application of nutrients, timing, soil management, and water management are important factors in crop quality. Farmers can also use the ‘crop scheduler’ section in the My Farm Info tool to keep track of all stages of crop life cycle. They will receive messages (SMS) according to the schedule regarding upcoming crop stages. Forecast and disease alerts will also be sent through SMS. Other information that will be available is the best season, best crop suitable for the season and soil factor, irrigation timings and schedules and more. WIth all these information, farmers are able to make informed decisions on managing their crop.

The tool also helps in weed management. While there are some weeds that do not affect crop growth, there are other which are distinctly destructive. It is difficult to know the destructive weed every time. The tool provides different weed information along with pictures for farmers to know what is growing on their farm. List of names and pictures of weeds for up to 18 crops can be found on My Farm Info. For farmers who are growing vegetables, this tool also provides nematode management and advisory.

Water is one of the key factors in crop health and with effective water management solution such as timely irrigation information from experts via SMS and WhatsApp, getting expert advice has been made easy.

These experts from My Farm Info are also called as Health Doctors whose primary concern is the health of the farm.

By setting up soil sensors, it is possible to understand the potential of soil, its water retention capacity and how much of irrigation is needed for the crops. This helps in decreasing water losses
The ultimate objective is to help farmers increase their yield and income and that can be achieved by using a tool like My Farm Info.

 

 

Attention Farmers: Increase your income with the right choice of Mandi

The agricultural landscape in India is fast changing. Internet of Things (IoT) has been growing exponentially in India and not only does IoT have a big impact in the Healthcare, Automotive, Technology, Retail and Travel industries but also in the field of Agriculture.

With features that enable smart farming, better pest control, remote sensors, soil moisture measurements, crop cycle management and improved reach and connectivity through SMS and WhatsApp, farmers have been able to increase their yield, reduce waste and gain higher profits.

Despite the advancement of technology for better agriculture, the bulk of Indian farmers continue to sell their crop to village-level dealers and produce aggregators. In the olden days and the age old practice still continue with majority of farmers in India – farmers offload their produce to local dealers aka middlemen who decide on the price. These dealers would then mark up the price and sell it to consumers or other retail stores. In such deals, farmers get the short end of the stick. Majority of the farmers do not take their crop to mandis or to government agencies or cooperatives where they could get a better price.

Agriculture market in India for selling crops is fragmented and this fragmentation hinders free flow of agri commodities from one market area to another. Multiple handlers are the ones who make fat profits while the consumers pay a steep price without a corresponding benefit to the farmer.

In 2016, the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) released ‘Some Aspects of Farming in India’ report which showed that almost 85 per cent of coconut growers sell their produce to retailers and dealers in their immediate neighbourhood instead of approaching mandis. Out of other crops such as paddy, wheat, jowar etc, nearly 50 percent were sold through retailers and dealers as well.

Based on the government initiative, all states in the country except three of them have the mandate to market and sell the farm produce through mandis owned by individual states and or to retail markets without the need of a middleman. There are 6,746 such mandis and each one is located at a gap of 462 km. The government also aims to set up a wholesale market at every 80 km.

Most states have agreed to implement the new model Act proposed by the government. It is believed that this implementation will help in doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

“We aim to promote healthy competition by breaking down the existing monopolies of traders and middlemen,” said Ashok Dalwai, additional secretary at the agriculture ministry.

With the ability to sell to mandis that would fetch better prices for the crop, the next challenge would be to find out how? Where does a farmer go and how does he know if he is getting a better deal in one mandi and not the other.

My Farm Info, a software tool allows farmers to check different mandi prices in real time. Farmers can also look for mandis near them to sell their crops. With a listing of over 39 nearby showing the distance in kilometers and prices for each crop, farmers can choose the best mandi based on the distance and cost that is suitable for them to sell their crop. The price for selling at the Mandi’s will fetch 15-20% more than what the farmers can get by selling their crop to the middlemen and village-level dealers.

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My Farm Info not only helps farmers to sell their crops for a better price, but also work with the farmers in helping them better the quality and quantity of their yield. My farm info uses Internet of Things to prevent and mitigate crop losses for Farmer, Insurance Companies, and Government Stakeholders. With MyFarm info, farmers can begin to see results in such short time and by using this platform, they are able to reap benefits within the same season. The crop management section in this tool helps farmers find the probability of disease infestation in their crop ahead of time. Sophisticated algorithms are used from the last 10 years of historical data to find disease probability for farmer’s crop. Forecast Advisory can also be used by farmers to get early warning of disease infestation so they can take proper measures to minimize their losses.

Working with the potato farmers in West Bengal, My Farm Info was able to increase farmer’s revenue by Rs 130 per day. Potato farmers in West Bengal’s key struggle have been to deliver potatoes based on the quality requirement set by Pepsico and therefore face a high rejection rate.Their potato produce was greenish in color, high in water and sugar content and the reason for poor quality of the produce is because of improper irrigation management that leads to sub-optimal yields. By monitoring soil, water retention, weather forecasts, pests etc, MyFarm Info helped potato farmers in increasing the quality and quantity of their production.

 

 

How Internet of Things is changing the agricultural landscape in India

According to the Census of India, our population is expected to increase from 1029 million to 1400 million during the period 2001-2026 with a rate of 1.2 percent annually. India’s food grain production has doubled from 102 million tonnes in 1973 to 247.6 million tonnes in 2012-13 due to the growing population. However, the production gains from Green Revolution technologies has been rather low. Despite being the second highest producer of wheat and rice in the world, India accounts for one-third of world’s hungry. This can be attributed to various factors such as technology, irrigation methods, pricing policy and more.

Internet of Things is growing exponentially in India and is being utilized by various industries and verticals ranging from Healthcare to Automobiles, Supply management firms, and even startup companies. Indian Government has taken the initiative and framed policies to develop a connected, secure and a smart system based with an objective to create an IoT industry of USD 15 billion by 2020.

Being a farmer means shaking hands with nature.

The only way to improve the quality and quantity of produce to meet the growing population needs is by turning to Internet of things for smarter data-driven farming and agriculture.

So how does Internet of Things help the farming industry?

Better Pest Control

Crops across the world are only performing up to 20% of their full potential. Field Crop diseases are a threat to food security and by understanding the types of diseases that occur in their crops, farmers can take preventive measures and reduce their losses.

My farm Info is an innovative platform that uses Internet of Things to prevent and mitigate crop losses for Farmer, Insurance Companies, and Government Stakeholders. With MyFarm info, farmers can begin to see results in such short time and by using this platform, they are able to reap benefits within the same season. The crop management section in this tool helps farmers find the probability of disease infestation in their crop ahead of time. Sophisticated algorithms are used from the last 10 years of historical data to find disease probability for farmer’s crop. Forecast Advisory can also be used by farmers to get early warning of disease infestation so they can take proper measures to minimize their losses.

Better Water Management

With the help of Internet of Things, farmers can now make irrigation smarter. India uses 82% of the total water supply for agriculture. The soil is one of the most important elements in agriculture and the right soil moisture helps in growing crops to its full potential. The soil has the power to hold and retain moisture. By understanding the water storage capacity of the soil, it is possible to optimize the water needed for growing the crop. Soil humidity index is one such feature that provides information about soil capacity and intimates on when irrigation is needed for the farm.

Reduction of waste

By monitoring soil, water retention, weather forecasts, pests etc, it is possible to increase the quality and quantity of production. Potato farmers in West Bengal’s key struggle have been to deliver potatoes based on the quality requirement set by Pepsico and therefore face a high rejection rate.Their potato produce was greenish in color, high in water and sugar content and the reason for poor quality of the produce is because of improper irrigation management that leads to sub-optimal yields.

A platform that utilizes Internet of Things can support farmers and help them increase their productivity? MyFarmInfo is one such tool. In fact, farmers have been able to increase their income by 130 rupees a day ever since they began using this tool.

Better connectivity

Unlike the olden days in agriculture where farmers were isolated without proper technology to communicate, Internet of Things has made technology and connectivity available at fingertips. Farmers can receive SMS on their mobile phones on the weather forecast, and even schedules on pest control and irrigation. They can reach a ‘PLANT DOCTOR’ using WhatsApp and ask any queries that they may have about their plant. These knowledge and information help in taking better decisions in farming.

Smart Farming

It is important to know which crop is best to grow on a piece of land for long term yields. In the crop feasibility section of My Farm Info, farmers can find the feasibility of growing any crop on their farm. Through this, farmers can grow the crop which will produce maximum yield and avoid growing crops that are not feasible for their area. Fields are also geotagged on this software. With this information, My Farm Info provides farmers the optimum NPK application, nutrition information and optimal Mandi for their crop. Farmers can find out the mandi prices for the nearby mandies on this tool. Farmers can By choosing an optimal mandi among all their nearby mandies, they can get the best price for their crop.

Internet of Things is bringing a global shift in the field of Agriculture and will help farmers shift their perspective of farming to better yields and profitability.

The key to soil success – Helping farmers make optimum cultivation decisions

We all know that soil is the most important factor in agriculture. Healthy soil is the foundation of our food system as it produces healthy crops that in turn nourish people. There are two important aspects as far as soil properties are concerned. One is the ability of the soil to manage, hold and drain water. The other is nutrients management that includes Cation Exchange Capacity, Clay Content and Soil pH.

Soil Knowledge

Our planet is known to have over thousand different types of soil. Each soil needs to be treated differently. The soil is a living, dynamic ecosystem and its quality can vary greatly even within a region or a ­single field. How a farmer manages the farm can have crucial impacts on the environment. Most times issue rises because farmers are not aware of the best practices in soil management. The beauty about soil is that it can be regenerated and reproduced for repeat agriculture. Therefore, it is important for farmers to focus on preserving it. Farming is a continuous and complex process that also needs close monitoring, studying with a constant exchange of information. One of the primary, most obvious way to improve soil health is by growing crop on the ground at all times. Reducing tillage is another way to allow the soil to improve as organisms in the soil flourish.

How to keep your soil healthy?

It is important to consider the following in order to take good care of the soil.

  • Continuous monitoring of soil’s nutrients level
  • Use of precision agriculture practices to apply nutrients when necessary
  • Choose the right crop based on the soil composition
  • Rotation of crops to improve diversity
  • Reduce tilling
  • Reduce soil erosion and
  • Monitor soil moisture levels

To keep your soil healthy, it is important to have a well-drained soil. In a well-drained soil, optimal root growth happens without drainage problem. Efforts need to be taken to avoid erosion as the loss of nutrients in erosion can be up to 70%. Repeat soil testing and use appropriate fertilizer to help grow your drop.

Existing farming systems, due to repetitive harvesting reduces the nutrients and the organic matter and inadequate effort to replenish nutrients result in poor quantity and quality of harvest for the farmers. Understanding the soil helps farmers take informed decisions on what variety of crop to sow in which area and at what time. While this has been done the old fashioned way with sheer experience, IT has made farming easier in this day and age. Technology has created a revolution in Agriculture and with digital information on weather, soil, health, diseases, crop management etc, farmers are better equipped to face challenges ahead in time. They are therefore able to optimize their harvest yield to get larger outputs.

Did you know?
Excessive use of chemical fertilizers has impacted soil fertility in Punjab that has led to an increase in cancer.

My Farm Info is one such tool on agriculture information system created to help farmers maximize their income by providing them ways to increase their yield and help them get the best price for their produce. This software allows farmers to access key farm information and take necessary action when it matters most. With this tool, farmers can view their fields and crop plans on the map once the geotag their farm on the website. It also allows farmers to connect with a farm doctor through SMS or WhatsApp to get details on weather, soil etc.

‘’The more a farmer knows about his soils, the better equipped he is to decide which varieties to sow in a certain area to produce optimal yields’’
Tobias Menne, head of Digital Farming at Bayer’s Crop Science Division.

My Farm Info also suggests the right crops based on long-term forecasts of that specific field & soil moisture maps. Soil humidity index provides information about the water storage capacity of the soil and recommended the optimal fertilizer needed to improve along with the best time to irrigate.

In the Citrus fields in Abohar, India, My Field Info helped farmers using their soil moisture sensor technology in taking impactful action in their field. By providing soil information including Cation Exchange Capacity, Clay Content, Soil pH and comprehensive soil data, we were able to help the farmer make optimum cultivation decisions.

Soil Moisture Data in this tool also provides optimum field irrigation schedule for the farmers. This kind of information helped farmers plan their cultivation at ease. We were able to optimize the soil choice by understanding the soil matter content in taking planned decisions.The tool also offers Crop Management Solutions by providing nutrition advisory ensuring that the farmer has access to crop nutrition oversight throughout its life cycle.

Why use MyfarmInfo?

My Farm Info aims to show results within a season and by using this platform, farmers will now be able to reap benefits within the same season. Farmers are geo-tagged for and their precise field details can be viewed by hovering over the farm location on Myfarminfo.

How to free farmers from extreme weather condition in 2017

  1. Agriculture contributes to 17% of India’s GDP while the global average is only 4%. The agricultural sector also employs 47.2% of the population, compared to the global average of 30.7%.

Climate change has destroyed agricultureand ruined farmers in Marathwada, India. According to agricultural scientists, the heat wave that India witnessed in 2013 had reduced four million tonnes of the total wheat production. By 2030, rice and wheat are likely to see about 6-10 percent decrease in yields

“Climate change affects all the three aspects of food security: availability, access and absorption.” – B. Venkateshwarlu, the former director at CRIDA.

The Indian government has begun to address farmers vulnerability due to extreme weather conditions and have introduced a $1.3bn crop insurance scheme at the start of 2016 to help farmers cope with crop failure due to natural disasters. However, only 19% of India’s farmers have insured their crops. This could be due to various factors such as lack of awareness about the practice of crop insurance, the cost associated with it and lack of availability.

Extreme weather conditions have a significant impact on food and agriculture sector. The increasing severity of droughts, floods, hailstorms and other extreme weather events affect the livelihood of small-scale farmers. The most common climate anomaly witnessed in India are

  • Cold waves
  • Heat waves
  • Floods
  • Cyclone
  • Drought and
  • Storms

Change in weather condition can affect agriculture in many ways. It could lead to limited water resources, flooding, erosion, drought and or land degradation. Information is the key and in order to help Indian farmers combat challenges linked with climate change, it is important to provide relevant information at the right time to take preventive steps.

Different crops react differently to climatic change. For example, rice, wheat, maize and sorghum are the worst hit by the Indian climatic change. However, crops like potatoes, chickpea and mustard will have little to no impact. Knowing the crop and its reaction to weather helps in a well-planned sowing and harvesting in 2017.

By providing effective weather and climate information in a timely manner, farmers can reduce their agricultural yield risks.It will also help in improvement of the quality of the produce, the quantity of the yield and reduce the risk and loss associated with extreme weather condition. Water consumption in agriculture is a phenomenal amount in India compared to China and other countries. By keeping track of the weather condition in the form of timely alerts helps in optimising the use of water for agriculture too.

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MyFarmInfo.com is an agriculture information system to help farmer maximize their income by providing them ways to increase their yield and help them get the best price for their produce.

Let us look at the case of Citrus farmers in Abohar, India. Due to extreme weather condition, here are few key challenges faced by them.

Key Challenges faced by farmers

  • Fruit Drop
  • Nutrient Imbalance
  • Untimely Irrigation
  • High Water

With the help of My Farm Info, farmers were geo-tagged for all their fields. Precise details about the farm can be viewed by hovering over the farm location on this platform. The latest weather data & forecasts for Temperature / Rainfall / Humidity / Wind can be seen. It also provides historical data for all these parameters for farmers to analyze and draw insight.

Alerts in the form of SMS was sent to farmers to notify on Temperature / Rainfall / Humidity / Wind changes.The forecast provided is accurate as it syncs the weather data from weather stations automatically.

Not just that, My Farm Info provides Soil Information including Cation Exchange Capacity, Clay Content, Soil pH and comprehensive soil data to help farmers make optimum cultivation decisions.

Soil Moisture Sensors planted in the citrus fields can bring appropriate technology to direct and optimize impactful action for farmers. The Crop Management Solution in My Farm Info provides nutrition advisory for citrus ensuring that the farmer has access to crop nutrition oversight throughout its life cycle.

The primary need of a farmer is a location-specific and quantified weather forecast. These Services provided by My Farm Info meets the real-time needs of farmers and contribute to weather-based crop management strategies aiming to enhance crop productivity. Farmers income can be further increased by reducing their losses and distress due to extreme weather condition.

Advantages of this tool to monitor weather conditions in India

Prevention of fruit drop
Balanced nutrition for the crops
Timely irrigation with regular alerts
Soil Moisture sensors to provide exact details of the crop’s need.
Efficient water and nutrient management
High quality of produce
Increased quantity of crop
Cost effective than battle losses later and more…

With varying climatic condition, farmers need to adapt to the changing need and grow a multitude of crops in any given area. Feasibility of production can be easily obtained from the My Farm Info tool. Crop diversification is one of the methods to fight climate change that will enable higher food production and income for the farmers.

How Technology can help you harness data to guide field decisions

The Economy of India is the seventh-largest in the world by GDP and it is the third-largest by purchasing power parity. The agricultural sector is the largest employer in India’s economy and India ranks second worldwide in farm output. Agriculture plays an integral role in the Indian economy. India has the second-largest amount of arable land, after the US, with 52% of total land under cultivation. However, agricultural output lags far behind this country’s potential.

With an increase in the population, there is a need to produce more food with the available soil and water resources. With changing times and development of new technologies, farmers can now produce more, reduce wastage and conserve valuable natural resources and actually practice sustainable agriculture. Thanks to the development of the IT sector, sharing of information or exchange of knowledge from people and resources is possible through SMS or WhatsApp. Technology has enabled farmers to gain information about their farm. Such valuable information helps in taking calculated decisions for the advancement of crop yield in the agricultural sector.

How is technology transforming rural India?

MyFarmInfo.com is an agriculture information system to help farmer maximize their income by providing them ways to increase their yield and help them get the best price for their produce. Better information increases yield, drives efficiency and improves the lives of farmers in India.

Mandi stabilises price

Farmers have been exploited by intermediaries such as money lenders who compel them to sell their produce for an extremely low price. With the Mandi section in My Farm Info, farmers will have the opportunity to find out the mandi prices for the nearby mandies available. They can now choose the optimal mandi from where they can get the best price for their crop.

Understanding Crop Feasibility

Climate plays a major role in crop growth. Sunshine, rainfall, temperature also plays a vital role in the quality of the production. My Farm Info has a crop feasibility section where farmers can find the feasibility of growing any crop on their farm. But choosing to produce crops that are suitable for that piece of land, farmers can maximize their yield and also increase their profitability

Identifying and preventing Crop Diseases

The total estimated loss in economic product per annum due to crop diseases has been estimated to be 13.2% in India. A crop like Maize alone can have over 61 types of diseases. Good agronomic practices can help in reducing the incidence of certain disease groups.

The crop management section in My Farm Info provides 10 years of historical data that enable farmers to find the disease probability for their crops. With the use of sophisticated algorithms, farmers can take calculated decisions on the best suitable crop to grow in their land for better yields.

The tool’s forecast advisory provides early warning of disease infestation for farmers to take preventive or proper measures to minimize their losses.

Farm Management

What if there was someone who could provide expert advice on farming? With the growth of technology, the world has become small and connectivity, a breeze. The farm management section in My Farm Info provides regular feedback, updates and valuable information on nutrition, optimal mandi, NPK application and so on. It is also easy to reach experts on any feedback that farmers may need using WhatsApp on their mobile phones.

All farmers have to do is to save their farm details on a GPS interface and let the experts help them.

Crop Scheduling

To successfully schedule a crop, farmers have to decide the week of the year that their crop will be sold, and then work backward to determine the date of seed sowing or planting. Each stage of a crop cycle needs close monitoring. Simple crop scheduling tools helps farmers reduce their time spent on planning.

Farmers can also use the crop scheduler to help them keep track of all stages of crop life cycle. Farmers will receive messages according to the schedule regarding upcoming crop stages. Forecast and disease alerts will also be sent through SMS making scheduling easy and less o a hassle. Crop scheduling helps farmers to schedule their crops, keep records and manage their farm.

Moisture Sensors

Moisture sensors let the farmers know about the level of the moisture present at the certain depth of the soil. This gives more precise control of water and other inputs like fertilizer to improve yield.

Weather Updates

What if you know beforehand if your farm is prone to floods? Farmers can also use the Flood and wind risk pages in My Farm Info to find the impact of flood and the wind on their produce. With timely and accurate weather forecasts, the farmers are able to either plan their activities or respond to changes accordingly.

Technology has made its way into agriculture and has shown a positive impact. It has helped farmers better decision making, planning, socially connected with experts and are able to utilize their resources optimally to improve the quality and volume of crop production at low cost.

Techniques for Regenerative Agriculture to Increase Farm Productivity and Crop Yield

Myfarminfo provides farmers and other stakeholders the best guidance and information about the weather and suitability factor so that optimum harvesting can be gathered. This ensures that all farmers will get the right amount of return on investment. Myfarminfo is providing various ways to use the same land and soil several times with better qualities and productivity rate.

Regenerative Agriculture is a practice which deals with the studies about how to keep the soil enriched with minerals and to develop and enhance the nurturing of crops and farms etc. Regenerative Agriculture makes the quality of soil better such that it provides many advantages as the beneficial factors. It is a set of efforts and rules which if works consistently and appropriately then they will provide the high profit in the agricultural field. It strengthens the growth which is good for present and well as for future. The new ways to establish regenerative agriculture are as follows:

  1. Polyculture: As the name suggests, polyculture means to grow many different species in one portion. As every crop has different needs and requirements, hence the task is fruitful in balancing the different species. The monoculture is traditional way of farming which is not such good. Monoculture leads to result of destruction of the entire crops due to any natural calamity, heat or any other pesticide effects. Soil fertility also reduces due to monoculture. It’s the reason for loss of habitat of animals and results in ecological imbalance.
  1. The soil food web: As far as the technology is advancing, the nature is not run out off the race. Again and again, nature proves to be most potent among all machinery developments. The Soil Food Web is the natural process accomplish by the microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and others etc. They used up the soil and making it healthier than before, provides the same to the roots of the living plants. The newly generated soil is better in many aspects including the reason of not- availability of any chemical fertilizer into the ground.
  2. Holistic management: Holistic management approach deals with the decisions made by the farmers or the other parties keeping different aspects of the ecology including the financial, environmental, and biological and the social aspects etc. Various tests are being carried on to make the technique more usable and familiar. It is a new framework for regenerative agriculture and so broad to practice. Education is not such counts but proper understanding and accurate decision making is the game changer!
  1. Properly managed livestock: Properly managed livestock i.e. PML is another way to regenerate a As farm animals are considered as the primary assets to the farmer, therefore, their health and growth will work on the performance of the agriculture. Hence, one should invest money on anything with full consideration and consequences in mind. Better you manage the livestock, better the advancement and growth you will see and feel in the farms. The business will perfectly give colorful results. It is a mandatory practice to see and control the number of breeds and species are consuming the same field. Over grazing of the same region may affect the agricultural process.
  1. No- till crop production: Tilling means the damaging of soil. Tilling happens due to the physical disturbance takes place beneath the earth. The effect is too dangerous that it is measured to have more harmful effects than using fertilizers and pesticides etc. Hence , awareness among farmers and the cultivators is increasing day by day so that they can change their way of farming. The No – Till Crop Production will provide efficient and fertile soil which eventually will produce good crops and the process will be more profitable.

 

  1. Perennial crops: Are you aware of the crops of apples and alfalfa? Yes, these both are the perennial crops which can be harvested repeatedly before they get vanished. The practice of cultivating perennial plants is new to agriculture. It reduces the soil erosion and feeds the soil food web to make the soil more fertile. It also results in balancing the habitat etc.

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  1. Permaculture : Another concept in regenerative agriculture is Permaculture. Permaculture is the mechanism to design a landscape after observing the requirements of agriculture and the environment etc. As human life has importance of morals and ethics to balance everything, similarly nature also needs balance. Permaculture has three primary standards: The Earth’s Care, the Citizen’s Care and a good return on Investment or Surplus. It works as the additional activity to the core farming needs. The higher the efforts, the more beautiful will the emergence of results.

 

  1. Thermal composting: Among the different composting techniques, one is the thermal composting. Thermal Composting is the path which is desired to maintain the lives of microbes because the tiny organisms do much for the vast plantation growth. Thermal Composting provides the best way to keep soil nutrients efficient and beneficial. The microorganisms are significant of the fertility of the soil. There is no surprise in knowing that the secret of healthy and enrich soil is the staying of these little microbes.
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The methods mentioned above are all researched based projects and studies in Agricultural Science. The development and advancement are both ever- lasting processes. Therefore, the betterment continues. The team of Myfarminfo always solves queries and gives timely information to the desired parties and customers. Hence, Myfarminfo is working for the welfare of people of India who are mainly engaged in Agricultural sector. What we need is to extract the maximum knowledge from the present scenario and make it reliable for the future.

What you need to know about field crop diseases and how to prevent it

Field Crop diseases leads to at least 10-30% of losses on the global food production. Agrios (2004) estimated that annual losses by crop disease cost a whopping US$ 220 billion. Field Crop diseases are a threat to food security.

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Crop disease can be fungal, viral or bacterial in nature. Understanding the types of diseases can help you to diagnose problems and take preventive steps. Symptoms of a plant disease may include a visible change in the color, shape or the function of the plant. This happens as it responds to the pathogen. Leaf wilting for example is caused by the fungal plant pathogens such as Verticillium albo-atrum and V. dahliae. If it is a bacterial infection, you will notice born lesions surrounded by yellow halo on the margin of the leaves of the plant.

Fungal diseases

Fungal diseases can be soil-borne, air-borne or even seed-borne. The symptoms of each of these diseases are distinctive.

Seed Borne Diseases

Brown left spot, commonly spotted in Rice
Stem rust, commonly spotted in Wheat and
Red rot in the case of Sugarcane and

Air Borne Diseases

Coffee Rust
Blast of Rice and
Rust of wheat, that appears in black, brown or yellow color.

Soil Borne Diseases

Green Ear Disease, commonly spotted in Bajra
Smut, again spotted in Bajra
Tikka disease seen in groundnut and
Late blight of potato

Some of the other fungal disease are Downy mildew (affects grapes, bajra, radish, cabbage, turnip etc), White rust, Powdery mildew, Footrot (affects paddy and papaya) and Bean rust (affects pulses)

Viral Diseases

Some of the common viral diseases are leaf curl in papaya and tomato, red leaf in carrots, leaf roll and mosaic in potato and tobacco mosaic.

Bacterial Diseases

Bacterial diseases can be commonly found in rice, wheat, potato and som variety of fruits such as apple, pear, cherries and peaches. It appears in the form of crown gall in fruits, tundu disease in wheat, ring or brown rot in potatoes and as blight in rice.

And then there are plant pests such as paddy bug, stem borer and brown planthopper in rice. No wonder that Field Crop diseases are leading to 10-30% of losses on the global food production.

In order to help the agricultural sector and improve overall productivity, My farm Info, an innovative platform is developed to prevent and mitigate crop losses for Farmer, Insurance Company and Government Stakeholders. The value of a successful crop is much higher than the cost of it’s production that is being covered by insurance. Therefore prevention and mitigation is a necessity in today’s day and age.

The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana aims to stabilize the income of farmers to ensure their continuance in farming.. They also encourage farmers to adopt to innovative and modern agricultural practices that will help them in a getting steady revenue.

Why use MyfarmInfo?

My Farm Info aims to show results within a season and by using this platform, farmers will now be able to reap benefits within the same season. Farmers are geo-tagged for and their precise field details can be viewed by hovering over the farm location on Myfarminfo.

Its services include Infrastructure Repair, that begins 30 days before the start of a season, Desilting & Canal Repair Programs in those areas with recurrent losses caused by canal branches, timely sowing and accurate information dissemination from their platform.

The platform also provides early warning systems on weather change such as drought, cyclone, flood or on crop diseases. It helps in providing information on the right crops to sow, based on long term forecasts & soil moisture maps

Did you know?

Even a 15 days delay in sowing cotton can cause high amount of losses?

Disease and weed management is controlled and prevented by effective SMS alerts with curative advice that are sent to farmers and district officials. Plant Doctor is another service available on whatsapp for farmers to consult and get advice on crop diseases and how to prevent them. Based on the requirement, pesticides are made available with local dealers and farmers can easily order for mechanised spraying in selected districts.

Soil Information including Cation Exchange Capacity, Clay Content, Soil pH and comprehensive soil data are provided to help farmer make optimum cultivation decisions.


Farmers can now plan their field irrigation using soil moisture data. This kind of information provides vital insights in planing cultivation.

Crop Management Solutions provide nutrition advisory for crops ensuring that there are no oversight throughout its life cycle.

Not only that, Cyclone, floods and water logging prone areas are identified using remote sensors, monitored regularly to update farmers, village officials on the any change that may affect their crops. Desilting of canals are done before the flood time.

My Farm Info is a world class value added service for agriculture loss prevention in India.