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INTRODUCTION

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Agriculture (also called as farming or husbandry) is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fibre, and other products used to sustain life. [1] “Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy and the villages are the life lines of growth of India.” In India the two-third of the population lives in rural areas and depends (directly or indirectly) on agriculture for their livelihood. In India, revenue from farming is the only source of income for majority of the farming community. The main requirements to bring a crop to harvest are water resources and capital (to buy seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, labour and so on). For a crop, based on the availability of water resources, raising of the required capital is the main task for any farmer. Agriculture is one of is the oldest profession and applied science in the world. Agriculture is a very important sector for the continual growth of the Indian economy. About 70 per cent of the people residing in rural areas and 8 per cent of the people residing in urban areas are still primarily dependent on agriculture for employment. Since some three-quarters of the population live in rural areas, a majority of households thus depend principally on this sector. The share of agriculture in the GDP is affected by the industrialization of the Indian economy. India has achieved self-sufficiency in agriculture after it has undergone various successful agricultural revolutions starting with the green revolution in wheat and rice in the 1960‟s and 1970‟s the white revolution in the milk to the yellow revolution in oilseeds in 1980‟s. Today the agriculture sector contributes nearly 26 percent to India‟s GDP. Modern agriculture depicts the push for innovation, stewardship and advancements continually made by growers to sustainably produce higher-quality products with a reduced environmental impact. Intensive scientific research and robust investment in modern agriculture during the past 50 years has helped farmers double food production. The importance of “information” in all fields may it be the economic or social development of developing countries is considered, the requirement for information in the agriculture field need to be recognized in all manners. Although, agriculture development relates to special attention of the government “agriculture resources” and “man power” are considered as two effective factors for the growth of agriculture. In other words, existence of utilizable and usable source in any country as well as the existence of specialist manpower results to an agriculture extension due to a fundamental planning. But, the most important factor which provides such development and extension is “information” which is considered an important requirement for production in agriculture regarding to the modern technology. That is if farmers, researchers and others will get suitable information about modern agriculture systems and its related matters, no doubt there will be a considerable increment in the amount of the food stuff produced or we can say it as the increase in agricultural production. In other words it is necessary to have immediate access to innovation, changes and the latest results of agriculture research. But due to lack of planning and systematic transfer of information we cannot achieve full information on progress and innovation in agriculture fields. Nowadays, scientific and technical information are considered as the basic for future prediction. In this era Information technology (IT) provides an opportunity to increase the productivity in agriculture. Several key features of IT can be employed for decision support systems in the decreasing the manual efforts with increasing agricultural production.

if two farmers stay close to each other and cultivate the same crop. For instance. organizing seminars and group meetings. Also. broadcast media (radio and television). who are illiterate or with low literacy level. ROLE OF IT IN AGRICULTURE: The Indian farming community is facing a large no of problems to maximize crop productivity. the same advice is irrelevant as they are cultivating different crops. or at more places with the same type of soil.e. Also. It definitely helps a few farmers to know about the advances in agriculture and information related to improving the crop productivity. but with a few weeks delay. However. Indian farmers need timely expert advice to make them more productive and competitive. it is inappropriate to expect the farmers to keep track of the developments at the research level. considering the case of each crop separately.  Inability of the system to cover all farmers: In addition. The drawbacks of the traditional system should be rectified to improve performance. Even after successful researches on new agricultural practices concerning crop cultivation. As a result. This means the advice will be personalized with respect to the crop of each farmer. . because each and every farmer is not cultivating the same crop so every individual farmer requires a specific guidance for the particular crop that he cultivates.e. they should get appropriate but different advice based on the availability of water resources and other factors. the system is out of reach of majority of farmers. the system should provide the relevant advice accordingly. majority of the farmers are not getting the expected outcome (upper-bound yield) due to various reasons. Any improved system should provide expert advice by responding appropriately. But for the majority of other farmers. These drawbacks can be removed by using the Information Technology in collaboration with the agriculture or industry. because a typical farmer is normally busy taking care of day-to-day farming activities. The system consider the general cases only i. It is true that India possesses valuable agricultural knowledge and expertise. Let us term this as a traditional method. the system does not consider the cases at the individual farmer‟s level. a communication breakdown or wide information gap exists between researches and practices.DRAWBACKS OF TRADITIONAL SYSTEM: Continuous efforts are being made to improve agricultural productivity by facilitating the advances in agricultural fields to reach farmers through magazines and newspapers. The proposed information dissemination system aims to provide expert advice on a continuous (daily/weekly) basis by considering each crop situation separately. One of the reasons is that expert/scientific advices regarding crop cultivation is not reaching the farming community (i. Providing such a personalized and continuous advice to millions of Indian farmers and crops is possible by using the IT services in agriculture to improve the productivity. if the farmer raises the same crop in different kinds of soil. individual farmers) in a timely manner. majority of the farming community is deprived of proper advice about crop cultivation. The drawbacks of the traditional approach are as follows:  Irrelevance of the delivered information: The advice is widely spread by considering a large community of farmers and a few crops at a time.

rural population in our country still have difficulties in accessing crucial information in the forms they can understand in order to make timely decisions for better farming. Improved communications and information access is directly related to socio-economic development of any nation. Also. This stored information can be retrieved by millions of users simultaneously in no time. Information technology provides answers to a number of questions to the farmers. For example. An understanding of the factors associated with IT adoption and use in agriculture enables the development of strategies to promote IT adoption and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of information used in agriculture. Such IT-based developments provide new opportunities to improve the utilization of resources and increase the production of crops in agriculture. IT is generating possibilities to solve such problems of different categories of end users. it will be possible to provide instantaneous connectivity (both ways) to millions of people (Indian population) enabling mass customization and personalized services. Internet speed is doubling every nine months within a decade. image. It is a fact that access to information holds the key for successful development in any of the fields.Recent IT developments enable the maintenance of huge information (text. Currently. Agriculture is one of the areas in which IT can effectively be applied particularly for the social and economic development of the Indian agrarian community. audio and video) repositories with negligible down-time. However. what are the benefits of more irrigation? Is it cost-effective to apply additional chemicals? When is the best time to sell crops? Informing . data mining technology can be used to extract useful knowledge from huge databases and simulation technology can be used to predict into the future. DATA CENTERS DATA CENTERS Figure 1: IT in agriculture Information Technology (IT) offers the ability to increase the amount of information provided to all participants in the agricultural sector and to reduce the cost involved in the process of wide spreading the information.

Thus the role of IT in agriculture is very important. seed chemicals and other types of agricultural products can be purchased and sold online. more detailed cost analysis and more sophisticated marketing strategies. use of traditional technology and practices. It has also suffered because of poor irrigation facilities. suppliers and buyers use the Internet to exchange ideas and information. Figure 2: Extension of IT developments to improve performance of livelihood technologies. . which previously operated in the relative isolation of rural areas. cooperatives. The Internet is increasing communication and business opportunities within the agricultural community. Machinery. AGRICULTURE PRODUCTIVITY: Agriculture productivity is measured as the ratio of agricultural outputs to agricultural inputs. agricultural researchers.farmers with text messages or emails regarding new type of diseases and how to prevent? With improved record-keeping. Farmers. lack of infrastructure and lack of farm extension. [2] Indian agricultural productivity suffers mainly because of the expensive credit. intermediaries. Improving access to land Improving access to rural finance Information and communication technology Technological Prospective. a distorted market. as well as to conduct business with each other. farmer‟s poor economic status. farmers are making better decisions and earning higher profits. fragmented landholdings. controlled prices and poor infrastructure. MEASURES TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY:       Improving water resources and Irrigation management Strengthening rural non-farm sector growth.

 By Air.  By Waterways. 60% of total cultivable land). agriculture product will be left in the farm to rot. Without transport it would be almost impossible to deliver them to consumer for farmers to earn living and increase their production. fertilizers) need to cultivate the crop with maximum profit he can make out of it. Procurement in context to agriculture means that the farmer should be well aware of the type of quality and the total amount of quantity that would be required by the consumers within the time limit constraints.  National Rained area Development Authority: For increasing productivity of rain fed areas (approx. .  National Horticulture Mission: To cover 340 districts in 18 states and 2 UTs. National dairy Development Board to promote dairying in 326 districts under national Dairy Plan. There are various means for transportation. It is favourable that the goods/services are appropriate and that they are procured at the best possible cost to meet the needs of the purchaser in terms of quality and quantity. ROLE OF THE BANKING SECTOR IN AGRICULTURAL:      Kishan credit card scheme Insurance Training and consultancy Warehousing and cold storage Agro-tech and agro-clinic PROCUREMENT: Procurement is the acquisition of goods and/or services [3]. Financial Inclusion initiatives. to enhance irrigation potential by 5. The farmers will be then calculates the amount of resource (seeds. they are categorised into  By Road.  National Fisheries Development Board to promote inland as well as marine fisheries. LOGISTICS: Logistics is considered to be a science.GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES:  AIBP (accelerated irrigation benefit programme) launched. This is because without modern modes of transportation. dealing with the integrated management of all the material and corresponding information flow from suppliers through transformation of input materials up to the end consumers. time.1 million hectares. [4] Transportation plays an important role in the agricultural sector. and location.

the road transportation is the best approach to carry the products from farmers to local market or central storage and again from central storage to other nearby market places. The refrigerated trucks help the farmers to reduce their loss due to hot weather. This means is costly and used if the time is measure. small shipments a van or pickup truck may be used. For short distances and light. For large shipments even if less than a full truckload a truck is more appropriate.Figure 3: Logistics for agriculture BY ROAD: As the air and water means of transportation are not possible everywhere. This is used to transport the goods across the states or countries. . This vehicles have inbuilt refrigerator to protect the agricultural products from heat. The nature of road transportation of goods depends on the degree of road development. This means helps in export of agriculture products to other counties results in the growth in agri. distance and weight of products. The advanced road transporter vehicle is called as the refrigerated trailer. BY AIR: Air transportation is time saving transportation usually used for heavy weight and long distance transportation.

market status. Also there is need of advance warning systems to alert the farmers are required to be developed. The farmer needs the exact prediction of what will happen next regarding the weather. It is necessary to promote monitoring cells in all major institutions related to agriculture and allied activities to maintain data. information provides the farmer with an important instrument for making and taking action. Decision Support Systems for farmers: Indian farmer is cautious and usually tends to avoid risk. As we know the prediction is not exact. what was happened in past years and from that what will happen the next.. This means is time and cost saving for very large transportation.e. market needs and etc. So to have better production we need to take proper decision well within the time. Farmers can access these statistical data by browsing the homepage and make their production plan. This information need to be stored and used for future use. artificial intelligences and etc. There are many techniques to predict the future such as prediction using neural network. This transportation also helps farmers to export their goods to other country. provide periodic analytical reports and raise advance alerts. The impact on various subsidy schemes would be of concern to people.. This is a first priority issue which is to be addressed immediately. An immediate effect of the schemes on farmers must be recorded to take future decision.. By providing farmers with information on new opportunities they can utilize it to maximize the yield of the cost. The database includes the kinds of crops. we have to develop better prediction technique to predict more accurate future.  Crops information service system should be created. minimize the waste of resources. The broad information inputs required by farmers in the new scenario can be classified as Awareness Databases: The database will store the information of different farms across the country. This system analyses the crop data to create some statistical tables. The decision is taken based on historical data i. Further. the size of cultivated area. Changes within the structure of agriculture .. time of harvest and yield. Monitoring: There is need of observing the farm. As India is the country of diversity. IT allows farmers to save time on order and delivery and getting feedback. demand and supply many more things. For providing information on new opportunities to the farmers the following systems should be developed and maintained:  Farmers‟ crop database must be managed. Farmers or the extension personnel transmit those data via the Internet to database server. Information on new opportunities: IT is playing an important and vital role in agricultural production and marketing.BY WATERWAYS: The purpose of this means is same as air transportation. decision trees. The jargon and the language under various articles require to be distilled by experts and their implications are clearly to be spelled out for all the segments of Indian agriculture and allied activities. The peoples used different communication languages. The government policies should reach the people in time by using database and WWW. CHANGING PATTERN OF NEEDS: The relevant information is always needed to take proper decision or to increase the productivity.

fertilizers used for the particular soil and also time to use the fertilizers. Thus data mining is very beneficial to improve the productivity as the mined information would provide farmers with patterns observed over the years such as which soil is best for which particular crop. AgrIDS will give the timely advice to farmers to take proper decision. DIFFERNT IT TECHNIQUES FOR AGRICULTURE:  The agriculture information dissemination system (AgrIDS): For good production. This system integrates the production techniques and information. Farmers can find out relevant production information through this inquiry service system. which are developed by experimental agricultural institutes and agricultural improvement stations.  Production equipment‟s inquiry service system should be created. allow relevant companies to access this system and enter their own data. This system gathers the Information from the companies of seeds and crop production equipment to build the production equipment‟s inquiry service system. At the same time. choice of crops based on soil and other factors. . and risk factors for various crops. scheduling of crop activities. The system gives the advice in different areas such as pest warning and pest control. farmers can order the needed items through this system.will probably have an impact on the selection and types of acquisition of software and other integrated systems made by the farmers. Data mining: Data mining is the process of discovering previously unknown and potentially interesting patterns in large datasets. we have to maintain soil fertility. marketing and strategic planning. To achieve this AgrIDS will help the formers. It includes the information on cost. profit. The „mined‟ information is typically represented as a model of the semantic structure of the dataset. which climate is suitable for different types of crops.  Production techniques and information inquiry system should be created. Therefore. Figure 3: Depiction of AgrIDS operation. weather information and type of crop to be raised by forecasting weather.

later that is explained to the farmer. and TCS has set up "mini-mobile sites" that farmers can visit for their purpose. Double arrow indicates information flow. TCS partners with wireless operators to allow farmers to download the platform on high-end phones. [5]  MKRISHI: MKRISHI. whose name combines "m" for "mobile" and "krishi" which refers to agriculture in many Indian languages.Figure 4: Agricultural information dissemination system. . The AE sends advice to the coordinator. costs a farmer between $1 and $2 per months. After registering the coordinators of AgrIDS sends the status of farm through images and text data to agriculture experts (AE). In this technique initially farmers has to register in AgrIDS.

. For example.Tata Consultancy Services to provide personalized advice to Indian farmers on lowend mobile phones. soil fertility. The expert system applied to the problems of diagnosing Soybean diseases are one of the earliest expert systems developed in agriculture.  TECHNIQUES BASED ON KNOWLEDGE BSED SYSTEM: Knowledge-based expert system technology has been applied to a variety of agricultural problems. with the belief that technology could jump-start some of India's seemingly ancient agricultural practices. The platform's technology not only allows farmers to submit questions to experts. and 2) The rules obtained through inductive learning from several hundred cases of disease. agricultural sensors connect to geolocation services like GPS and Google Earth to deliver local weather. POMME: The POMME is expert system developed specially for apples. and pest damage. but also provides environment-specific details that give the experts a kind of agricultural map of the issue at hand. common pests and food-grain prices to the expert on the other end. when a farmer enters his location on mKRISHI. soil physical parameters. COMAX: COMAX expert system is used for cotton. an Asian Innovation spent two years studying farming patterns in rural India and developing methods to connect farmers to agricultural experts. The system helps in predicting growth of plant based on weather variables. A unique feature of the system is that it uses two types of decision rules: 1) The rules representing expert diagnostic knowledge. soil conditions. The system also provides advice regarding treatment of winter injuries. drought control and multiple insect problems. Farmers can also attach photos if they have mobile cameras. POMME advises growers about when and what to spray on their apples to avoid infestations. TCS.

. from where farmers can watch the live programme on TV sets and third satellite linkage to transmit live programme given by scientists from the TV studio to farmers  KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND REUSE: Knowledge sharing and reuse is one of the topics that has attracted the attention of the artificial intelligence researchers in the last few years. new technologies to utilize the Internet make it possible for us to develop a distributed system called Data Grid for agriculture. sugarcane cultivation practices. the will to share information in agricultural information systems is still weak and even at one site the same data can be duplicated ineffectively. The software required for the system such as web page designing. The systems help the researchers to predict the future by looking at past constraint and conditions. .  SATELLITE KRUSHI GOSTHI: This is a satellite based distance interactive based education system. knowledge related to the same taxonomic category of a set of crops. with the facility of TV set and STD telephone. pest and disease control. knowledge related to common resources namely: soil. first TV studio from where scientists deliver the talk through live programme.. water and climate. integrated pest management. Delhi established connectivity of WAN links such as VSAT and dial-up connections. a scheduler.. marketing information. and to the disk. right up to their village level. However. second a number of remote classrooms or Direct Reception Centres (DRSs). sugarcane information systems had been developed by the NIC.  INTELLIGENT RETRIEVAL OF AGRICULTURAL DATA: The proper storage and retrieval of old data is needed to take the proper decision. NIC.  GRID-BASED DECISION SUPPORT: The most important advantage of the Internet is its use in information sharing between distributed resources. Pune.. The basic idea of Data Grid is acceptance of heterogeneity and autonomy of distributed resources so as to make the good decision on the heterogeneous data.. Pune was involved in setting-up the hardware and software and NIC. The research in knowledge reuse can be directed to building a library of domain specific tasks in agriculture such as: irrigation. etc. which can be used for any crop or we can say that it is domain independent. The research in knowledge sharing in agriculture can be directed toward identifying common knowledge that can be shared among different expert systems such as identification of agriculture ontology. Such information sharing can greatly increase the amount of data available to users. which provides improved access to programs and effective utilization of available databases. fertilization. Meteorological data are very important for agronomists as forecasting weather data helps in giving recommendations to farmers. etc. It consists three elements.  WARANA WIRED VILLAGE PROJECT: This project has been initiated to give the appropriate information for agriculture at door steps. database designing and client based applications used by the farmers such as dairy. This project has been initiated to serve the information needs on different crop cultivation practices of major crops. to models. It contains of three modules namely: an executive. dairy and sugarcane processing information etc. The executive serves as the primary interface to the user. Unfortunately. and an expert system shell. to the farmers.CALEX: This is agriculture management system. The scheduler generates a sequence of management activities by repeatedly activating the expert system.

give proper advice to farmers well before the time and in many areas such as transportation etc. more thrust towards wiring rural people. In India. The predominant sources of information are the local petty shopkeeper. except metropolitan areas. the information available on line is not meant for developing countries citizens. he/she is connected to western information. For example. from an analysis of the available data. combining different layers of information to manage and retrieve the data in a more useful manner. low bandwidths is very common problems. Even if a person from a developing country is connected.. the market place. The information for development from developing countries perspectives and the database creation of local knowledge and practices according to their demand is little available or not at all. is reasonably high when one considers the prevalence of poverty in the villages of India. SHORTCOMINGS OF IT BASED EXTENSION IN INDIA: Access to satellite based Internet is a big challenge in developing nation like India. Unless these people are connected. certain trends emerged. `India going on-line' will once again divide the rich and the poor. waiting for years to own a telephone connection in most parts. Reach of electronic media. especially among the poorer households. A digital map is generally of much greater value than the same map printed on a paper as the digital version can be combined with other sources of data for analysing information with a graphical presentation.. At the same time. In order to arrive at a reasonably clear picture of the country of existing communication habits and channels in rural areas. It needs more conviction and political will to focus the rural unconnected in the Market age. The availability of such relevant information of required quality is only possible with the use of Information Technology. 97 per cent of all Internet hosts are in developed nations. A very considerable amount of information transaction takes place between the rural poor households and this also acts as a primary source of information. was a big problem. Now a day the number of rural and urban fixed telephones and cellular mobiles are growing with the help of policy initiatives and market potential.The quality of information required has a great influence on the efficiency of all the activities in any of the event/system. Statistics show the majority of users are from developed nations. The same is the case with agriculture relevant information of required quality influences the efficiency of different activities of a farmer. home to 16 per cent of the world's population. especially in a country like India where large sections of people live in rural areas. One of the techniques that is in use in very small coverage or network but would be used widely by all farming community is GIS (Geographical Information system) to monitor the agricultural fields and provide some specific information which would be useful for the farmers. and the agricultural input supplier. Poor quality of connectivity. Geographical Information System (GIS) is a technology that provides the means to collect and use geographic data to assist in the development of Agriculture. of the total households. IT AND AGRICULTURE IN FUTURE: There are many research going on to help the farmers to increase the food productivity. content creation seems to be a very difficult task. Naturally. More than the access to technology. especially television. GIS provides a powerful means for agricultural scientists to provide better service to the farmers and farming community in answering their query and helping in a better decision making to implement planning activities for the development of agriculture . The second major problem with regard to using satellite based communication for extension is content availability in the Internet. the telephone density is as low as phones per household. The GIS software makes it possible to synthesize large amounts of different data. is still needed.

urban planning. The observer is from the agricultural community and is very experienced at distinguishing between different crops and differentiating between dry land and irrigated cultivation. medium.A Geographical Information System (GIS) is a system for capturing. Design the point frame and select random sample point. they can be better understood and managed with GIS applications such as crop yield estimates. analyse the spatial information. GIS is a software tool that allows users to create interactive queries. cartography. For example. history. The geographical information system is also called as a geographic information system or geospatial information system. soil amendment analyses. storing. editing. by combining data on soils. asset management. and low refer to the densities of fields within any given area as well as the presence of pivot irrigation and small-scale farming. criminology. The ability of GIS to analyse and visualize agricultural environments and workflows has proved to be very beneficial to those involved in the farming industry. environmental impact assessment. agricultural planners might use geographical data to decide on the best locations for a location specific crop planning. sharing. GIS is playing an increasing role in agriculture production throughout the world by helping farmers increase production. the number of sample points verified for each survey requires the use of more than one field observation team. analysing and managing data and associated attributes. resource management. GIS for Agriculture: Balancing the inputs and outputs on a farm is fundamental to its success and profitability. This aerial survey determines which crop is planted in the field represented by each sample point. GIS technology is becoming essential tool to combine various maps and remote sensing information to generate various models. Digitize crop field boundaries from satellite imagery. 3. Perform statistical analysis. which are spatially referenced to the Earth. Obtain satellite imagery. The core strata used are high. More sample points are used in strata where there is a higher likelihood of finding crops of interest. sales. topography. From mobile GIS in the field to the scientific analysis of production data at the farm manager's office. 2. medium. and erosion identification and remediation The process consists of the following steps: 1. This system of capturing field information for crop estimate purposes is believed to be unique in the world. reduce costs. Satellite images are taken from various satellites. Geographical Information System can be used for scientific investigations. edit data. and displaying geographically referenced information. applications and systems. 4. Digitized fields are stratified based on the probability of finding a crop. Typically. 5. An aerial survey of the sample points is conducted. and logistics. These surveys are conducted by a field observation team that consists of a pilot and an observer in a very light aircraft. and present the results of all these operations. which are used in real time environment. and manage their land more efficiently. In a more generic sense. marketing. Use aerial survey sample points to capture crop data. Stratification is done to increase sampling efficiency. While natural inputs in farming cannot be controlled. maps. storing. High. . analysing. It is an information system capable of integrating. and rainfall to determine the size and location of biologically suitable areas. and low cultivation. This will obtain the most useful data within budget constraints and keep the Coefficient of Variance (CV) as low as possible. Geographical information system is the science utilizing the geographic concepts.

Remote sensing of the environment by geographers is usually done with the help of mechanical devices known as remote sensors. temperature. Smart sensors can be used to record the change in plant leaves (by fixing the sensors on leaf). Geo-referenced environmental monitoring sensors. For e. ph level sensors. Remote sensing: Remote Sensing (RS) is a technology that provides the means to collect and use geographic data to assist in the development of Agriculture. Most sensing devices record information about an object by measuring an object‟s transmission of electromagnetic energy from reflecting and radiating surfaces. so the farmers can use pesticide at initial stage of disease and save his farm.g.. Agricultural through Sensors: Sensors: A mechanical device sensitive to light. or the like. These sensors are resistive to excessive heat. There are different types of sensors such as humidity sensors. Expansion statistics are used to calculate estimates of the area planted in each grain crop on a provincial basis. physical of an array of target points of objects and materials from a distance from the observed target without physical contact. Sensors can be used in agriculture for different purposes such as Environmental monitoring.. the changes are automatically transferred to agricultural research departments through WIFI. as when there is start of any disease in plant which can be identified in initial stage of disease. that transmits a signal to a measuring or control instrument. spatial. Remote Sensing in the most generally accepted meaning refers to instrument-based techniques employed in the acquisition and measurement of spatially organized or geographically distributed data on some properties such as spectral. these sensors are positioned away from the object of interest by using helicopters. These gadgets have a greatly improved ability to receive and record information about an object without any physical contact. cold. This data is uploaded to a central server on a daily basis and imported into a SQL Server database. pressure sensors and etc. planes. Often. . weather monitoring. So. radiation level. also they are unbreakable. These sensors are called as smart sensors.Figure 5: Aerial image of the agricultural fields The field data is captured and stored in file format. and satellites.

 Identification of agricultural and other development problems. Crop distribution help in modelling of climatic and other environmental changes and their effects on agriculture Crop growth and yield determination: Crop growth and yield are determined by a number of factors such as genetic potential of crop cultivar. RS data have certain advantage over meteorological observations for yield modelling.  Evaluation of possible technical interventions for conservation or reclamation measures.e. speeds and direction of an object. where the cultivation has occurred and what will be likely production. RADAR is an example of active remote sensing where the time delay between emission and return is measured. infrared.  Monitoring of soils. Remote sensing makes it possible to collect data on inaccessible areas. and weather. on the other hand. Reflected sunlight is the most common source of radiation measured by passive sensors. Area and Production of various crops can be assed with the help of remote sensing and GIS applications.. An integration of the three technologies. Crop Production Databases Crop production database is used to know how many hectares have been cultivated. viz. cultivation practices such as date of sowing. water. RS data provide timely. With the launch and continuous availability of multispectral (visible. such as dense observational coverage. and radiometers. height. establishing the location. Use of GIS in combination with remote sensing enhances the decision-making in following ways:  Process identification to enable comparison of different acquisitions through time. (2) Active collection. synoptic and objective estimation of crop growing conditions or crop growth for developing yield models and issuing yield forecasts at a range of spatial scales. amount of irrigation and fertilizer and biotic stresses. . near-infrared) sensors on polar orbiting earth observation satellites remote sensing data has become an important tool for yield modelling. However. crop simulation models. soil. year-to-year yield variability has been mostly modelled through weather as a predictor using either empirical or crop simulation approach. accurate.There are two kinds of remote sensing: (1) Passive sensors detect natural energy / radiation that is emitted or reflected by the object or surrounding area being observed. i. Examples of passive remote sensors include film photography. and land degradation processes. emits energy in order to scan objects and areas whereupon a passive sensor then detects and measures the radiation that is reflected or backscattered from the target. generally for a given area. direct viewing of the crop and ability to capture effect of nonmeteorological factors. RS data and GIS can provide an excellent solution to monitoring and modelling of crop at a range of spatial scales.

The Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources may pay special attention in this area which can be a major contributor to the growth of IT in villages. Since some of these networks pass through rural areas. Regional language fonts must be included in software‟s and mechanisms for synchronisation of the contents available is a big challenge that needs to be met with careful planning. broad design. Many private ISPs are setting up large networks connecting many major towns and cities. and delivery mechanism of the content. power supply is not available for very long duration. This will require intuitive graphics based presentation to get rural population understand the content available in an easy manner. standards for setting up kiosks. Keeping in view the giant task involved. it is possible to provide connectivity to a large number of villages. Such a coordination agency may only have advisory powers such as user interface. propagating information in regional languages is very important because many farmers understand there regional language only and not the other languages .CONSTRAINTS AND REMEDIES FOR EFFECTIVE DISSEMINATION Some of the major constraints delaying the spread of e-revolution to rural India are listed below:  Haphazard development: Many initiatives have already been made to provide IT based services to rural community. Touch screen kiosks are required to be set up to encourage greater participation  Local languages: As we know India is a country with many states and each state having its own regional language so for communicating.  Connectivity: The connectivity to rural areas still requires to be improved. The main obstacle with this remote sensing or geographical information system is the restriction put by the government on map policies. Entire country receives sunshine for most part of the year it is useful to explore solar power packs for UPS as well as for supply of power.  Restrictions: Information content based on remote sensing and geographical information systems can provide timely alerts to the farmers and also improve the efficiency of administration.  User friendliness: The rural population is unable to use the content made available to them because they are not used to retrieve information using modern technology. Reliable connectivity is a pre-requisite for a successful adoption of IT into rural areas. But the initiatives are not going on the track as they are supposed to.  Power Supply: In most of the rural India power supply is a very big problem. The non-availability of power supply for long period of time will reduce the usefulness of the intended services. Several . it is necessary to form a coordination mechanism that would help to support farming community in the country. The most feasible solution to this kind of problem is to make use of renewable source of energy to generate the power required. These map restriction policies are not letting GIS or remote sensing techniques to be fully utilized. Solar energy is the energy to be utilized to generate power.

 Rural Post Office: The kiosks can facilitate sending and receiving emails. filing of applications in electronic format where admissible. a two pronged strategy of storing static information at the kiosks and providing dynamic information from remote locations can be examined. . Until this materialises.  Distance education: People have to travel a very far distance to attend various educational courses of their choices which are not available in the villages. As farmers are generally illiterate. The dynamic information which changes more frequently can be accessed from remote locations to obtain the latest status. A rural kiosk can act as a channel for such companies. status verification such as case listings in courts.  Local Agent: For working out the logistics for their supplies to rural outlets mostly each and every company/industry has to face many hardships. can be stored on the local drives at the kiosks and arrange for periodic updating of this information over the network during non-peak hours. Details related to central / state / local governments. The agents of insurance companies can render the IT services over the network and can operate the kiosk which would help the rural people to do with their transactions and the need of kiosk operator will also be fulfilled at the same time. facilitate „chats‟ with experts. irrigation practices. demonstration clips for farmers. Several successful rural kiosks are already available in many states which run essentially on this model. One way to solve this problem is to set up virtual classrooms right in their villages so each and every one has access to educational courses of their choice at their home place. It is possible to provide quality education right at their door steps with facilities for online interaction with experts. The graphic oriented content which does not change frequently. formats and procedures. such as. we have to use graphics as an interaction tool.  E-Governance: Rural kiosks are the stepping stones for effective implementation of e-governance. As already stated. Training can be imparted on various aspects of agriculture such as correct practices. are some of the areas where kiosks can be of major use. Cable network is a possible medium for providing the last mile connectivity to villages. This intermediary channel (rural kiosk) will be a profitable venture.  Insurance: As each and every day private insurance companies are entering into the corporate world the competition is increasing day by day.  Bandwidth: We have telephone and other communication services but the available bandwidth is a major constraint. Also low bandwidth is limitations in providing effective e-services to farmers. efficient utilisation of tools used in farming such as tractors through video conferencing.  Training: People living in rural areas require training and a means for upgrading their skills in their area of work.technologies exist that can be utilised for connecting rural areas. networks with high bandwidth are being set up by several companies passing through rural segments which can be utilised. etc.

 Online examinations: Many organisations and certification agencies conduct online certification examination to evaluate skills of persons in specific field/area. . Eventually it should be possible to conduct these examinations through the rural kiosks. All these online certification examinations are conducted in metro cities so the people from rural areas have to stay in metros to face the examinations.

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