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Why and How to use My Farm Info Plant Doctor?

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates indicate that pests and diseases are responsible for about 25% of global crop losses. Estimates show that diseases typically reduce plant yields by 10% every year even in developed settings, this loss often exceeds 20% in less developed settings. This information places crucial impact on disease identification and immediate solution for budding crops and this is exactly where My Farm Info Plant Doctor has helped many farmers.

Without proper identification of the disease in the crop and the disease-causing agent, the disease control measures can be a complete waste of time and money and may even lead to further plant losses.

Farmers have resorted to using many of their own methods for disease prevention and control. This often includes using myriad number of pesticides and insecticides. This not only is an added expenditure, but at times is not sufficient enough for disease prevention. When used in excess these chemicals lead to more harm than good in the long-term.

It is therefore vital to get the Proper disease diagnosis done. My Farm Info Plant Doctor is a 24×7 service made specially available to Indian farmers to serve this very purpose.

Role Played By Plant Doctor:

While the science of plant pathology is continually advancing to improve disease control, and keep up with changes in diseases, plant diseases still cause major economic losses for farmers worldwide. As such keeping track of the disease symptoms along with its causal factors and cure for a everyday farmer is a tough task.

Losses be it catastrophic or chronic, on average account for 42% of the production of the six most important food crops.

Powdery Mildew. a bio-tropic fungus. Image Source: By Pollinator at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1293306

Then there are Losses incurred due diseases which occur post-harvest. These can be disastrous, especially when farms are a long way from markets and infrastructure and supply chain practices are poor.

It is here that a service like My Farm Info Plant Doctor has a crucial role to play. My Farm Info by itself is a very helpful resource towards minimizing losses and better farm practices. The Plant Doctor is something started off with the purpose that farmers get the adequate and responsive technical support they need.

Plant Doctor is India’s first real time plant disease diagnosis service available 24/7 and Free of cost for Indian farmers.

Usually farmers spend lakhs of Rupees over the years on disease management, often without adequate technical support, resulting in poor disease control, pollution and harmful results.

The My Farm Info Plant Doctor brings expert help within reach of every farmer at any period of time.

How to Use My Farm Info Plant Doctor:

Proceed to My Farm Info and check out Plant Doctor in the Useful Services section. To proceed right now click here.

This will open up a Form like this, where you will be required to Enter details like Name, Phone Number, E-mail, Address and Message you want to convey.

The My Farm Info team will then connect with you and take the process forward in earnest. From disease diagnosis and identifying causal factors to treatment and prevention all help and guidelines will be made available. This, helps the farmer taken on the disease in a targeted manner instead of the earlier arbitrary approach.

Alternatively, the Indian farmers can also just click a picture of the infected plant part and Whatsapp it to- 8808266706.

The service is free and available 24/7 real-time for Indian farmers. This is a very useful resource for farmers.

Additional Diseases about Plant Diseases:

Controlling plant diseases is crucial for reliable production of food, food security and makes agricultural use of land, water, fuel significantly efficient.

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While the plant diseases are many and vary from species to species the causal agents are more or less among these following six types:

  • Fungi: Fungi can spread long distance when their spores get transported via wind, water or they may be soil borne. Fungal diseases can be controlled via fungicides and other farming practices. But these often evolve and get resistant to fungicide being used. Powdery mildew,  rot, wilting are a few examples of fungal symptoms.
  • Bacteria: Most bacteria associated with plants do not harm the plant itself. Only around 100 known species are the cause of bacterial disease
  • Viruses and Virus like Organisms: Under normal circumstances these only cause loss in overall yield. This makes it economically nonviable to control them other than in cases where they infect perennial species such as fruit trees.
  • Nematodes: These infect the roots of the plants and parasite on the whole system. This directly affects the plant growth.

Others include Protozoa, Algae & Parasitic Plants.

Farmers find use of Plant Doctor to handle the disease problem very efficient and cost-effective.

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.

The Importance of Soil Moisture Sensors for farmers and how it can increase profitability

70 percent of the world’s freshwater withdrawals go towards irrigation uses. Close to 90 percent of freshwater is used for irrigation in India. It is recorded that only 5 percent of water gets used for domestic purpose in India. Despite that, farmers often obtain sub-optimal yields from their crop due to improper irrigation management practices. What if farmers could monitoring soil moisture in their fields? It would help them take has informed decisions on irrigation and be cost-effective too. By monitoring soil moisture, farmers can now optimise their water usage, increase produce yield, produce high quality crops, reduce water resource degradation and save a lot of money.

I can’t take the risk of leaving too much moisture in the pitch. At this time of the year, one does not know how quickly it’s going to dry out.” – Christo Erasmus

In West Bengal, farmers sell potatoes to Pepsico for their potato wafers plant. The quality of the produce is set by the company and farmers key struggle has been to deliver potatoes based on the quality requirement and therefore face a high rejection rate. The issues farmers face in West Bengal are plenty. They hold small farms and hence the quantity of their produce is also small. They lack good machinery for managing cultivation and have poor to no on-farm support as far as crop planning is concerned. No access to right agriculture information leads to heavy losses.
Their potato produce are 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. PEPSICO’s high standard of quality expectation leads to direct rejection of the produce.


Monitoring soil moisture will help farmers understand the actual soil water condition and how much their crops need to use. Soil moisture sensors enable in taking informed irrigation decisions on when to irrigate and how much water has to be supplied to avoid low quality production. With the help of soil moisture sensors, some of these questions that are commonly asked by farmers are easily addressed –

  • When is the best time for irrigation?
  • How do I know if enough water has infiltrated the soil?
  • What is the soil depth reached by irrigation water?
  • Am I using too little water? Too much or just right?
  • How much water loss can i expect due to soil evaporation?
  • Has the crop roots absorbed enough water
  • During days of no irrigation, how much reserve will be available for my crop?

Let us take the example of the Potato farmer in West Bengal. If the farmers on-farm support in crop planning and irrigation practice,they would have been able to produce better quality yield of potato their produce may not have been rejected by PEPSICO. What if there is a platform is build to support farmers and help them increase their productivity? MyFarmInfo is an agriculture information system and platform to help farmer maximize their income by providing ways to increase yield and help them get the best price for their produce.


In the crop feasibility section, farmers can find the feasibility of growing any crop in their farm. With the help of the feasibility section, farmer can grow those crop that will produce maximum yield. They can decide based on the feasibility which are the crops to avoid based on the soil, weather condition of their area. Another section called farm management, allows farmers to save their farm information in the website. Once that is done My Farm Info will provide farmers with the optimum NPK application, nutrition information and optimal mandi for the crop to take calculated decisions.
Farmers can also use the crop scheduler function 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. In addition to this, farmers can use the Flood and wind risk pages to find the impact of flood and wind on their produce.


With the help of My Farm Info, the potato farmer is geo-tagged in all fields. Precise location of the farm, the latest weather data & forecasts for Temperature / Rainfall / Humidity / Wind can be seen on the website. Historical data for all these parameters are also available for farmers to analyze and draw insight. Instant alerts in the form of SMS is sent regarding changing weather conditions. Nutritional advice, soil information, field irrigation planning, optimizing soil choice and checking of plant or crop disease are also available in addition to soil moisture sensors
This is probably the first time in India, whereby farmers will have the ability to stay in control of their produce, take calculated decisions based on statistical data to improve their profitability.
My Farm info worked with potato farmers in West Bengal and the quality of the produce and prices of Potato at nearby Mandis had provided since. Understand your soil moisture using MyFarm Info and improve your revenue.