On July 9, 2015, Commerce and Industry Minister (MCI) Nirmala Sitharaman launched mKRISHI® AQUA App as part of e-governance initiatives for the marine sector under 'Digital India'.
mKRISHI® AQUA is an Android app and provides an easy tool to seafood growers in stocking, pond management, feed and water test management and sampling in addition to providing weather forecast and graphical records. This mobile application has been developed by Tata Consultancy Services – Innovation Lab Mumbai’s Digital Farming Initiative in collaboration with Marine Produce Export Development Authority (MPEDA), a statutory body under MCI.
This is pilot project presently operated in Gujarat and will be extended all over India in few months. Aquaculture of shrimp is a complex set of activities wherein huge amount of data is to be captured, analyzed and decisions are to be taken on a dynamic basis. Currently farmers are keeping the records in manual form on a sheet of paper which may not provide them with on growth and trend of the aquaculture operations.
This App will provide an easy tool for book keeping, advisory services and weather information. Farmer will require an android mobile handset (post 2013 models) with a data/GPRS connection (2G, 3G or WiFi). The Farmer has to enter the basic information regarding his farming activities. The farmer gets expert guidance for all operations thereafter making his operations both economical and profitable. The reports can be seen in the graphical format. An option to view the trends or reports in the computer is also provided to give seamless data entry and visualization.
The mobile App is expected to revolutionalize the way the farm activities are carried out. The App being used in a large scale can provide the trend of aquaculture activities across the country. It will also help in resolving farmers’ issues quickly on a more personalized approach.
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