AP’s agriculture project has won the World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS 2016 prize in the e-Agriculture category. The project was aimed at collecting the specific climate data across the farms and give the farmers personalized information via SMS.
The award was announced by Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) yesterday in Geneva.
The project, Harmonized Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda- Precision Technology for Agriculture or HARITA-PRIYA was developed by The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) is presently doing a pilot run at Anantpur district. WSIS stated that the organisation had an e-strategy for implementing it at the national level.
“The WSIS Prizes recognize all players in the effort to improve global connectivity, from governments and global ICT (information communication technology) companies to grassroots NGOs leading innovative ICT-oriented projects at the local level.” Zhao said, while speaking at the event.
A total of 18 prizes were given across categories ranging from international cooperation to information ethics. The prize in the e-Agriculture category was the only one won by an Indian organisation, and that too by AP.
This project uses wireless sensor networks (WSN) to collect micro-climate information from farms, according to WSIS. The data is then used to create advisories and alerts on irrigation schedules and pests and plant disease. Based on the alerts, state agriculture officers will send out personalized crop advisories in Telugu to the farmers via SMS.
The Andhra Pradesh government, the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) station and the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University in Anantapur partnered in the project.