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Microsoft’s app to advice farmers, best sowing time

Data would help in building predictability through weather conditions, soil and other indicators

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Publish Date: Jun 13 2016 1:55PM | Updated Date: Jun 13 2016 1:58PM

Microsoft’s app to advice farmers, best sowing time

In collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Andhra Pradesh government, Microsoft India has developed a new mobile application for farmers.

 
The application would advice farmers, the best time to sow crops depending upon the weather conditions, soil and other indicators. This app will also act as a personalized village advisory dashboard for Andhra Pradesh.
 
David Bergvinson, Director General of ICRISAT, said that bringing a lot of scattered data together and developing an analytical tool that is comprehensive and gives accurate predictions to the farmers, is urgently needed.
 
He further added that the research institute is excited to work with Microsoft to enhance incomes and improve the lives of small holder farmers, and this is going to boost our digital agriculture initiative in a big way.
 
ICRISAT used Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite including Machine Learning and Power BI to interface with weather forecasting models and extensive data including rainfall over the last 45 years as well as 10 years of groundnut sowing progress data for Kurnool district.