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Agriculture Wrapped with Social Networks, Data Mining and Mobile Computing to Boost up Crop Productivity

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Akkanini, Haritha; Junapudi, Vasavi
Journal: International Journal of Biological Sciences and Engineering
Volume: 1
Page(s): 43-48
Date: 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6594
Sector: Agriculture
Information & Knowledge
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): economics
agriculture
data collection
technology
social behavior
Abstract: "'The backbone of Indian economy' –agriculture which is known for its multifunctional success in generating employment, livelihood, food, nutritional and ecological security is facing several problems in improving the crop productivity. As we had good expertise in the field of agriculture the crucial information is not reaching the farmer community in a timely manner. In this paper we made an effort to find a way out to bridge the gap in the broadcast of information so that timely decisions can be taken for a better farming. We are trying to propose a system which provides advisory services as a decision support to farmers on crop related issues using the mobile services. In addition to these, the effort is being made to familiarize this information through a social network where a human being is a resource to influence others instead of mass media. Initially the proposed system is designed to collect the climatic data and it will be passed to the mobiles of all farmers through messages. There is a coordinator for each region to provide suggestions periodically. At the end of cropping, the coordinator will collect the information like• Had the farmer utilized the climatic information• Type of soils• Type of seeds• Pesticides used• Yield information, etcwill be maintained in a database. Applying data mining techniques the results are analyzed. In each location identifying a person, who utilized the services and achieved the higher productivity. He will act as a motivator/educator to other farmers. Through him we will educate/motivate other farmers about to consider and follow the climate alert message information as valuable as mass media."

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