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.
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.
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 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.
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.