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it‟s a web portal, but majority of the rural population, in
India, is not literate,In order to run this system a person has to be available
always to register the farmer‟s query which is not always
If a person speaks in his regional language (e.g. Hindi)his query will only reach the experts who understand thatlanguage (i.e. Hindi),
The Internet enable the farmers to obtaininformation on mandi prices, good farming practices andplace orders for agricultural inputs like seeds andfertilizers. Each kiosk has an access to Internet.
Deals only about the Market facilities and notTroubleshooting
It‟s an intranet
network of computersconnecting the rural areas and fulfilling the everyday,information related needs of the rural people. It madeuse of information and communication technology toprovide online services
It‟s only implemented as yet in an intranet, amongst a
Agriculture Information System
It uses Agri Portal,Mobile Agriculture, Kisan Help Desk, Agri Learning, AgriGIS, Integration. It broadcasts Information throughMobile Phones
Voice or SMS.
This one uses voice interaction but is only throughMobile phones
Overcome The Shortcomings
We implement our system in an Information Kiosk, whichhelps us rectify the above
shortcomings.The farmers get in hand information regarding the crops,their prices in the market and every information they wishto know about within 24 hour, without having to go tovarious places in search of proper tools and techniqueswhich are being used.We Understand that a Farmer may or may not be literate,Hence We make limited use of language and emphasize onthe pictorial representation of Data.The farmers can themselves record their queries using themicrophone. Hence the need for a helper to operate thesystem for them is nullified.Moreover since Natural language processing technique hasbeen used for the conversion of Hindi to English andEnglish being the most common, hence it allows freeinteraction between a rural farmer and the internationalexperts, thereby connecting Indian farmers, not only withthe experts who understand their language but also withexperts from other countries.We not only Deal With the Marketing Facilities, butgeneralize it to be a communication related to any fieldcausing a problem to the farmers.As we say that we connect the Farmers with the
International experts it means we pose „No Restricti
Barrier‟ such as an Intranet, rather we use Internet
Making Help lines available, so that farmers can call and
ask, but this is totally dependent on a Mobile‟s Network as
well as a monetary aspect in connecting a call. Hence weremove it as we use Internet & connect the two ends totallywith the limited cost of a dedicated internet Line.
The various challenges to be faced by us in building such asystem are:
Providing information to the rural, computer-illiterate population
via the kiosks was a bigchallenge. To make the illiterate peoplecomfortable with our system, wedesigned a user interface which couldpictorially depict at a glance, what thatparticular section is about
.(eg) Fig.2 points to the field
, as ourkiosks require 24 hour internet access. Due to this reason, itis very essential to have dedicated internet connection.Even in the case of resource constraint i.e. connectivityissues etc, a proper backup must be taken intoconsideration.
Creating an voice
which translates thevoice into text, This is a challenge as such systems requirea high amount of training for accurate recognition. Themajor concern is the difference in regional accent of peoplewhile speaking a language (such as Hindi).
Translating a language to another, there
might be certaingrammatical errors that might also lead to a completechange of meaning in the sentence and in that case thereciever might understand something completely differentthan what was actually meant.
Synthesizing speech out of the text
, there may be someproblems such as the computer is not able to say a wordproperly, and the audio which we get might be a rhymingword of the actual word to be said, hence it would changethe entire meaning of that sentence.
Adding intelligence in the
o make this system giveresponse immediately, it is required that a database iscreated where the pre-answered queries along with theirsolutions will be stored and when the similar questionwould be asked, depending on the Pattern Matching thesystem will retrieve the most appropriate solution. But,
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