Agricultural decision support system for India

Curious to know the advancement of the GIS based geospatial agricultural DSS in India. Are people using it? It seems this is the right way towards sustainable precision farming. What are the modules that are currently in use in India? Electronic pest surveillance, crop coverage and crop yield estimations are very important I feel.

Are these DSS available to be used by the farmers and the agriculture universities?

Looking forward to the views of the members.

Dear Stesalit sirs, please inform or question in detail. I am unable understand or could not reach to your standards in this subject. Pl inform me what is GIS based geospatial agricultural DSS ? Pl explain in depth, and i am a farmer. g.p.rao, farmer.

GIS is geographical information system. Using satellites and remote sensing, GIS technology can create geospatial maps of the area, with the details like land use, the slopes, the irrigation pattern, the soil types etc.

GPS is a positioning system, where the location is captured with precision. In agriculture, rugged handhelds, rugged PDAs are used in India to collect GPS data of the location, and different relevant data like pests, crop coverage, crop yield, sowing progress etc. People are sent to the field with rugged PDAs for agriculture ( for example), to collect this data from the field. The persons go to the field input the data into the agricultural PDA, including the location, and this data is fed into the Agricultural decision support system immediately.

The very next day, the agriculture scientists sit in fron of their Agricultural decision support system (DSS) where the data from the field through the rugged PDAs have been incorporated. The weather and other remote sensing data are also available in the DSS. They have in front of them

Within 12 - 24 hours, the agricultural scientists provide advisories on the pest control measures, and can also estimate the crop coverage, and crop yeilds for reporting and fast intervention.

Pests are big hazards, and this way the menace can be controlled. Tripura and Maharashtra are leading the way on this.

This paper gives some thoughts on this matter:

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This project received a global award … 98150.html

Kolkata: A technology backed agricultural pest management project in West Bengal has been selected for a prestigious award to be given by the World Geospatial Forum, a premium global platform for geospatial community.

The project, “e-Pest Surveillance and Advisory System” that uses technology for quick decision making and taking action in controlling pests and crop diseases, is functioning in 51 blocks of five districts of the state.

“The project was awarded by India Geospatial Forum for geospatial technology application in agriculture in February. Now it will also be recognised at the World Forum at Geneva in May,” Biswapati Mondol, pro-VC of the Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV) told.

The Rs three-crore project is implemented jointly by BCKV and technology partner Stesalit Systems Ltd, a city based technology firm.

“The project covers data collection from the field through handheld devices, collation, analysis and interpretation of the data for solution in realtime,” Stesalit Systems director Hemant Khemka said.
Earlier, the gap between data collection and sending of advice to farmers for corrective measures was several days, but now relevant advice reaches a farmer’s mobile the next day helping him in controlling the problem before it aggravates, Mondol said.
Khemka said the project was on since the Kharif season of 2013 in the districts of Nadia, Burdwan, Howrah, Hoogly and Bankura.

“The outcome is excellent. We have been able to control pests and disease in rice, potato and mustard. This year a lot of potato crop was saved due to immediate action in controlling Late-Blight disease in potato,” Mondol said.

He said Stesalit would be implementing similar pest management system in five districts of North Bengal jointly with the Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalay (UBKV).

Khemka said SXagro, an IT tool to help manage soil resources, was capable of offering the whole gamut of agriculture management including yield projection but BCKV and UBKV has taken only pest control and surveillance module.

The project had been appreciated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and she was keen in statewide implementation of the project, Mondol said.