India: Farmers would soon get to know soil moisture content of their agricultural land, which would help them in timely watering their crop, through the use of mobile phone. This has been made possible by Kondamudi Swarna Rekha, an engineer from Andhra Pradesh, India. Swarna Rekha has developed a multi functional wireless remote sensing device which senses soil moisture and alerts farmers about the need for irrigation, through SMS.
According to Swarna Rekha, a farmer needs only one-time investment of INR 12,000 to INR 15,000 to instal two to three machines which can cover around three acre of agricultural land. This equipment can also be attached to existing water pumps.
Swarna Rekha is also working on adding soil nutrients sensors to the electronic device for helping farmers in optimal use of fertiliser.
The device is currently under field trials by various bodies such as Hyderbad-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (Icrisat) and Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, and drip irrigation major Jain Irrigation System etc.
Source: Financial Express