The state government of Karnataka has come up with a smartphone online application to record the details of crop cutting experiments (CCE) digitally. The move is first of its kind in India.
On an experimental basis, a survey team comprising officials of revenue department, agriculture department, horticulture department and rural development and panchayat raj (RDPR) department will start collecting the data on crop cutting experiments from this Kharif season.
The new application, with inbuilt GPS system and camera images will ensure transparency and accuracy of data. Also the information collected will be stored in internet server for long periods, which makes claiming insurance for crop loss easier.
The officials of the departments concerned have undergone three stages of training in Bengaluru to execute this android application developed by national informatics centre (NIC). Earlier the data on various stages of crops, area of cultivation and crop loss was collected manually by filling forms.
Besides these, the app requires the officers to visit the field to collect the data. This would solve farmers' complaints that officials are faking data by sitting in their offices. Vinod Avarsekar, statistics officer, ZP said the app helps in collecting data on crops easy.