India: The State Horticulture Mission- Kerala (SHM-K) has joined hands with Kerala Agricultural University and the State Remote Sensing Agency to carry out State-wide evaluation of the greenhouse technology for protected cultivation of vegetables, under plans to identify and address the problems faced by pioneering farmers who had adopted hi-tech farming methods. A software supplied by the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, has been deployed to map the geographic location of each polyhouse and record data on crops, sowing, and harvesting.
“Our field officials have been provided with Android phones equipped with the software. They visit each polyhouse, record the details and advise the farmers on soil nutrient management and pest and disease control methods. The data generated through the exercise will be used to evaluate the hi-tech method of farming. At a later stage, this baseline information can be used for effective market intervention,” said K. Prathapan, Director, SHM-K.
Source: The Hindu