Indian Information Technology (IIT) Roorkee has launched the ‘KISAN’ mobile app for the dissemination of Agromet Advisory Services.
In continuation of the series of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ program, a regional farmers’ awareness program was organized at Water Resources Development and Management (WRD&M) Department, IIT Roorkee, under Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) project.
Farmers from Haridwar, Dehradun, and Pauri Garhwal districts along with the stakeholders participated in the program and they were sensitized about the AAS, jointly provided by the Agro-Meteorological Field Unit (AMFU) Roorkee and India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Dr. K K Singh, Additional Director General Meteorology, IMD, New Delhi, apprised that the block-level weather forecast and weather-based Agromet Advisory Bulletins (AAB) are being provided to the farmers for all six blocks of Haridwar district by the AMFU Roorkee every Tuesday and Friday.
Dr. K K Singh said that the special feature of the ‘KISAN’ app is that the weather forecast and advisory bulletin will display only for the block selected by the farmer. Dr. Singh added that the farmers can share their feedback about these bulletins, which would be helpful to improve the quality of bulletins as per farmers’ requirements. He further added that the app is bilingual, and users can select either Hindi or English language at their convenience.
In the event, Professor A K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, said, “IIT Roorkee is actively involved in working with farmers for the adoption of better agricultural practices by using the benefits of modern technology. This is a small step towards helping farmers use the latest technologies for reducing the risk component of agriculture.”
The youth farmers from various villages, who have created WhatsApp groups of the farmers from respective villages and disseminated the AAB through these WhatsApp groups, are named Mausam Mitra by AMFU Roorkee.