E-Sagu favoured for State farmers

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Delegates of commercial, co-operative and rural banks at a two-day seminar on rural e-empowerment that ended here on Friday unanimously agreed that “e-Sagu” adopted by a private organisation in Hyderabad be replicated to help farmers in making them understand the soil condition, crop diseases and how to increase productivity.

This model is being implemented by International Institute for Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad. The co-ordinators of this institute visit farm lands in Andhra Pradesh every week and take photographs of crops and the farmland. They are sent to the institute for advice and suggestions of scientists concerned. The advice is in turn delivered to farmers within 48 hours.

“The participants felt that this model is replicable in other parts,” said G. Ananthakrishnan, assistant general manager, Mangalore Regional Training College, NABARD, which organised the seminar. Under this model, the scientists are accountable for their advice which is passed on to the farmers.

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