GIC news letter: App to deliver advice to farmers on potato cultivation.

Sunday, Jul. 7

2018 was an exciting year for agriculture and farming in India and also for the Green Innovation Centre project. One of the highlights was the piloting of the Smart Farming App to deliver real-time advice to farmers on potato cultivation. read more about this in the news letter.

SmartFarming supports the Green Innovation Centre implemented by the State Horticulture Departments of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in bilateral cooperation with GIZ for the potato and tomato value chain. Recently the highlights of 2018 featured in their newsletter. We are happy to say that piloting the SmartFarming potato app was one of them.

The Green Innovation Centre India wants small-scale farming enterprises and rural entrepreneurs to get more money out of their work. To achieve this, we disseminate innovations along value chains based on three crops: tomato, potato and apple. We work in line with priorities of the Government of India, such as ‘Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022’. More info: https://snrd-asia.org/green-innovation-centres-for-the-agriculture-and-food-sector-india/

News letter article
2018 was an exciting year for agriculture and farming in India and also for the Green Innovation Centre project. One of the highlights was the piloting of the Smart Farming App to deliver real-time advice to farmers on potato cultivation.

Last year, we have developed a Smart Farming App for potato cultivation in cooperation with farmers from our project villages and a start-up from the Netherlands. The prototype is currently being tested by farmers in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

What is so smart about this app?

Customized advices on potato cultivation pop up daily. They are based on individual information provided by the farmer (size of the field, type of variety, season, irrigation method etc.) and real-time weather data. All recommendations were prior tested and approved through participatory technology development with farmers.

  • Pest and disease management: Based on pictures provided by the farmer, pests and diseases in the field can be identified. However, compared to similar products or apps, the Smart Farming App focuses on preventing diseases before they break out instead of acting when it is too late. This is done –based on weather data and planting date – through guidance on effective, preventative and sustainable pesticide use.
  • Irrigation: No more wasting of water – the app calculates individual irrigation needs, based on the farmer’s input and on hourly weather forecasts for the upcoming five days.
  • Pre-sowing: Which varieties are suitable for my field? How can I determine the correct spacing for my sowing? Ask the app!
  • Fertilisation: Based on calculations of nutrient requirements of the crop at the targeted yield, an individual fertilizer schedule will be provided.

The app will be available in English, Marathi, Hindi and Kannada and can be downloaded in South India via GooglePlay.

Farmers and the GIC team testing the Smart Farming App