Smart Tools for Farmers Help Increase Yield

CSISA, in collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute and state universities and government partners, has developed localized versions of the ‘Crop Manager’ decision-making tool to provide location-specific fertilizer recommendations for farmers growing rice and maize in Odisha and rice-wheat and maize in eastern Uttar Pradesh. In the Cauvery Delta of Tamil Nadu, a version of ‘Nutrient Manager for Rice’ has been developed by CSISA to support and complement the existing crop management advisory services of the state government.

Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) has endorsed the Rice Crop Manager and will be extending its recommendations to the farmers through their network. The tool includes both a web-based and mobile Android application with a simple, user-friendly interface providing personalized fertilizer guidance (optimum amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) for critical growth stages of the plant in order to increase yield and profit.

Written and edited by: Anuradha Dhar, Ashwamegh Banerjee and Cynthia Mathys. Photo credits: Ashwamegh Banerjee, Srikanth Kolari, Vinaynath Reddy, Satish Kumar, Suryakanta Khandai and Wasim Iftikar. Copyright © the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), 2015. All rights reserved. Any opinions, boundaries and names stated herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily representative of or endorsed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) or its partner organizations. Fair use of this material is encouraged. Proper citation is requested.

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