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CSIR launches smart agri-technology mission that will increase farmers’ crop and income


Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR): Day by day increasing technology is creating new and special facilities for the people. Technology is not only helping the people living in metro cities, but technology is also going to help the farmers doing farming in villages. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched a very special mission to develop region-specific smart-agro technologies for the production of crops other than paddy in South India.

Farmers’ income will increase with the help of technology

The objective of this mission is to improve soil health and productivity and thereby increase the income of farmers. Talking about this technology, a senior scientist said, “This effort will help the central government to start using automation, sensors, drones and artificial intelligence gadgets for agriculture in the future.” He further said, “This is one of the first mission mode projects which was first conceived and then implemented on the ground.”

This project uses Internet of Things (LoT) based sensors and drones to generate real-time accurate databases to gain greater insight into micro-environment influenced phenological and physiological indicators of different target crops. Based hyper and multi-spectral imaging is envisioned for use in agriculture.

Where did scientists come from?

A team of scientists and technologists from CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute, Bengaluru, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine Jammu and CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Ludhiana conducted the mission at Chengalam, Tiruvarappu Panchayat, Kerala. Paddy fields have been identified in Mullappadam Panchayat in Kottayam, Senbagaraman Pudur, Navalkadu in Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu, and Hospet in Karnataka.

Under this, they will capture and analyze real-time data on soil and crop health indicators using advanced technology such as soil health mapping (soil health information) and multispectral imaging of crops through UAVs for crop health indicators. Will document, on the basis of which the team of scientists will make every possible effort to increase the category and quantity of crops with the help of technology to increase the income of farmers in South India.

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