Kumaraguru College of Technology has developed a mobile application linked with website to help the farmers of Coimbatore district by creating awareness on technology supported farming. This project is funded by IEEE Foundation, USA to the tune of $18, 263 to help the farmers of the district. The technical partners are Yellow Tree Academy and Eco Green Unit.
Agriculture is an area where engineering students and technologists are looking to innovate and create a transformation. The project “Smart Agriculture for Sustainable Food Production” was conceived by the team of researchers from Kumaraguru College of Technology to create awareness among farmers about the benefits of ICT solutions in crop production and marketing the produce. The website is being launched to assist the farmers in sharing the knowledge on best practices for the crop production, to know about the availability of machineries and farm equipments for rental and to have a portal for marketing their produce. The name “Mann Uyir” signifies the relation between the earth and the living things and shows how protecting the farmers can protect the economy and the society.
The launch of the website and mobile application was on 19.12.2017 in the Kumaraguru College of Technology. Dr. A. Arunachalam, Director, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Mr. Saminathan Sivasenapathy, Founder, Senaapathy Kangeyam Cattle Research Foundation and Mr. M. Subbaiyan, President, Tudiyalur Cooperative Agricultural Service Society graced the occasion. Farmers from Coimbatore, Erode and Kangeyam were present in large numbers along with the students from Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture and Vanavarayar Institute of Agriculture.
Dr.R.S.Kumar, Principal, KCT, Dr.S.A.Pasupathi, HOD, ECE and Dr.Ramalatha Marimuthu, Professor, ECE welcomed the gathering of students, farmers and Dr.A.Arunachalam, Director, ICAR launched the website and mobile app “Mann Uyir” on 19.12.2017. He projected on the agriculture scenario in 1950’s with the current trend in agricultural development and the challenges faced by the farmers. He also elaborated that India has grown five times as this in 1950’s in terms of agricultural production and also appreciated that Tamil Nadu generates 72%of its internal revenue from agriculture. Inspite of this growth our concentration should be focused on removing mal nourishment and developing climate resilient variety of crops. He also discussed about various government policies and subsidies for the growth of farmers particularly with ICT and knowledge management. He told that December 23rd to 29th is celebrated as Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan Week and this programme is a crown activity towards that celebration.
Dr.Preethi Jain, Manager, IEEE Philanthropy delivered that there is a lot of opportunity for the faculty and students to address the various social related problems. She also added that different funding sources are available under IEEE for research in engineering, developing smart villages and fellowship & stipend for students.
Mr.Saminathan Sivasenathypathi, Chairman, Kangeyam cattle research foundation appreciated the involvement of engineering and agricultural graduates and told that this event portrays the achievement of integration for different disciplines in engineering for the growth of agriculture and farming community.