Development of Android based offline potato production app for India

Friday, Nov. 24

SmartFarming will develop a smartphone application (‘app’) for potato farmers in India. GIZ through AFC International and ETC Consultants India have commissioned the work. The app will be tested in 2018 and live in March 2019. The app provides potato farmers with practical, offline agricultural advices. The focus is on forecasting rain free periods for a more sustainable and effective application of preventive measures for disease and pest management. The app supports the Green Innovation Centre for the agriculture and food sector projects dealing with potatoes implemented jointly by the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), agricultural consultants AFC and ETC and financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In the first stage the app will focus on improving cultivation practices of potato farmers in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

SmartFarming will develop, distribute and maintain this decision supporting tool as a free to download smartphone application for Indian potato farmers in local languages, accompanied by a dashboard for agricultural management purposes. The potato app structure will be based on the SmartFarming cotton app, which is available for free in the Google Play Store as of June 2017.