ICT/Digital Agriculture

The rural farmer and other actors along the agriculture value chain are handicapped by the lack
of information about new technologies. Information and Communication Technologies supporting the development and delivery of timely, targeted information and services can make farming more sustainable. They can also deliver safe, nutritious and affordable food, facilitate market integration and access to finance to make agriculture attractive and profitable.

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Interventions

Green SIM has come about through a partnership with private industry to provide farmers free advisory services with a SIM card

Open Data Kit tools are being used for baseline surveys in three watersheds and the fourth is in progress

Krishi Gyan Sagar, an integrated system for mobile data collection and information dissemination, has been piloted in four districts of Karnataka

Krishi Vani, a mobile phone/phablet-based application delivers generic advisories to groups of farmers in a location through a mobile phone enabled by Green SIM. The content of voice messages is advised by subject matter specialist and covers diverse areas like soil management, crop management, dairy and animal husbandry management, horticulture and vegetable management, plant protection, market rates, weather forecasts information, human & cattle health, employment opportunities, government schemes, etc.

Impacts 

Green SIM 

  • 40,000 farmers in 171 villages bought into the Green SIM in the first 6 months of the pilot initiative
  • 10 times as effective per dollar spent in converting farmers to better farming practices compared to classical approaches
  • Rural women and youth generated additional income of USD 466 in 15 working days.

Krishi Gyan Sagar 

  • Piloted in 4 districts in Karnataka
  • About 10,000 farmers were registered.

Krishi Vani 

  • Piloted in 171 villages in Telangana and Karnataka
  • 200 subscribers in Karnataka, 5500 in Andhra Pradesh and 1800 in Telangana, benefiting 40,000 farmers.

For more information read: The power of Green SIM

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