Applied IT

AGRO-MET – Weather-based, Crop and Locale-specific Agro-Advisories serving farmers of rural rain-fed regions

The AGRO-MET, a component of the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) project implemented in India by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), is supporting communities and local selfgovernments to use locale-specific climate forecasts and agri information for decision-making.

Weathering Climate Change

“Weathering Climate Change” is a short film that describes WOTR’s Agro-Meteorology component of Climate Change Adaptation Project and some of the real-time ground experiences. This component combines locale-specific Met-advisories and Agro-advisories for timely weather information to help farmers plan their agricultural activities.

Web-enabled mapping and tracking work execution through GPS-enabled Mobiles

The Muster (fortnightly work-payment sheet) is the main source of data about completion of work. Tracking work progress and ensuring that payments are done on time are some of the field challenges in Watershed Development. Geo-referencing work done on web-enabled maps can make for accuracy and transparency.

Map representations for work-done analysis

On combining net-plan with work-done, user could generate report on – what was planned and what is implemented in field. While generating report, system will fetch survey number-wise planned measures from net-plan and work executed from muster details. The same details will also get represented on map. System provides options to view map with planned activities, against a map representing activities implemented during specific period / consolidated.

Muster Preparation

Muster sheet is the basic document of any work done in the watershed. Accounts are kept on the basis of Muster payments. Musters need to be summarised and analysed for preparation of further reports. Preparation of these reports manually requires lots of time and effort (Approximately 5-6 persondays are required for preparing a muster sheet of 100 labourers working for 2 weeks).

Expert System for Project Appraisal and Verification

This software checks the Net Plan once it is fed in. It checks cost per hectare, land class v/s land use, treatments in proposed land use, length, cross section and cost of treatments, number of plants to be planted, number of units proposed.  This reduces mistakes in planning and subsequently the time lag between proposal submission and sanctioning, since Gat/Survey number-wise scrutiny is done by this software.

People’s Bio-diversity Register (PBR)

An innovative method of building a People Bio-Diversity Register (PBR) especially for birds, insects, reptiles, plants and trees involves the use of an electronic guide-book approach to identify and record them. Such a method will be more effective than the traditional method of recording PBR as it will offer the advantages of ease of use, higher recording reliability, quicker learning about the flora & fauna as well as the recording of the location and the frequency of sighting.