Stage set for launch of IT for agri lab

Special Correspondent

YSR to inaugurate eSagu project developed by IIIT and Delhi-based firm

HYDERABAD: Taking technology to the doorstep of farmers, the International Institute of Information Technology and New Delhi-based Media Lab Asia are all set to scale up operations of eSagu, the first of its kind IT initiative aimed at delivering personalised expert advice on farm practices.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will inaugurate eSagu "IT for agriculture lab.'' As part of eSagu, farmers can get access to personalised farm-specific advice from agricultural experts without having to run around agricultural officers.

Three-tier model

The system is designed in a three-tier model with farmers as end users, coordinators at the village level as intermediaries and agricultural experts. The coordinators, picked up from the educated youth of village, would visit the farms on a weekly basis and collect data, including the crop status.

This would then be transmitted to the agri lab at IIIT where experts would analyse the data and suggest the methods for a particular crop. The expert advice would be transmitted to the agri centre from where it would be downloaded by coordinators and disseminated to farmers.

Following the experts' advice farmers in these villages could reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers and save up to Rs. 3,820 per acre besides improving the productivity of their farms, said P. Krishna Reddy, the chief investigator of eSagu at IIIT.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, he said all that the farmers needed was to join the eSagu stream and explain the status of their crops to the coordinators. Under eSagu, farmers would be provided with expert advice.