Sunday 25 Aug, 2019

“DSS” – An Indo – Austria collaborative system to help Kerala farmers

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Farmer in Kerala could sigh for a reason now. At least the authorities have identified some of the key problems of farmers here. An Indo – Austria joint collaboration research program, “Decision Support System” (DSS) would result in having better livelihood conditions of rural people.

The “Technology, Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council” (TIFAC) of the department of science and technology, Govt. of India will shell out approximately INR 1.8 Cr for the project which will have the co – operation from as many as five agencies. Apart from the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) – Kozhikode, the project will involve National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR) and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) – Austria.

The Panel headed by experts said that other than rubber, Kerala has not much to boast in terms of crop productivity compared to other states. Matters such as declining infertility of soil, inadequacy of natural gas and quality water along with low ground water levels worsen the situation. And as a part of trial assessment, the CWRDM will conduct a survey among the farmers in Kozhikode to study the problems which the local people face.

And it is in this phase that the DSS comes into action. The system which is essentially an interactive software based one, will address the problems of the area and prepare applicable solutions to be taken for the matter. The associating institutions too will provide their assessed data and the DSS will combine their results and be submitted to the governments of two countries.

Further actions to be taken by the authorities such as improving the soil fertility, taking prevention against changes in atmosphere and obviously the water management will be given instructions from the centre. It is expected that main crops such as banana, tapioca, coconut and other vegetations would come under the consideration of authorities for the trail assessment. The use of DSS is also encouraging as it could provide much accurate data regarding the issues.

Even though the first phase of actions would be taken in Kozhikode district, the program is expected to cover the whole state in coming months. When it comes to the aftermath effect, authorities expressed their optimism over improving the agricultural productivity which in turn could drastically change the life of rural people of the state.

Also the experts are of the opinion that this innovative method would cover a whole lot of issues regarding soil and the actions recommended by it would never ever change the balance of environment. The first ones who will experience the usefulness of this powerful software are the officials of agricultural and soil survey departments. 


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