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Andhra Pradesh Harita-Priya Agriculture Project wins 2016 WSIS Prize

Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Project  has won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2016 prize in the e-Agriculture category.

Harita-Priya (Harmonized Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda – Precision Technology for Agriculture) Project is meant to collect very specific climate data from farms and give farmers personalised information through SMS.

Key facts

  • The Harita-Priya Project uses wireless sensor networks to collect micro-climatic information from farms.
  • The data is used to create advisories and alerts on irrigation schedules and pests and plant diseases.
  • Based on this state agriculture officers disseminate personalised crop advisories in Telugu language to farmers by way of SMS.
  • The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Hyderabad has developed the project and is having a pilot run in Anantpur district.
  • Andhra Pradesh government, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) station and Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University also have partnered for the project.

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NABARD partners with Germany for food security initiative

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has entered into collaboration with German Government for a special programme on Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security‘.

The programme is part of the German government’s recently introduced special initiative ‘One World, No Hunger’ initiative.

As part of the collaboration NABARD is anchoring two programmes viz.

  • Soil conservation and rehabilitation of degraded land programme in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Innovation of watershed development and climate change adaptation programmes in five states Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Germany’s ‘One World, No Hunger’ addresses areas such as food and nutrition security, protection and sustainable use of natural resources in rural areas, promotion of innovation and promotion of responsible land use and access to land. India is the only country in Asia chosen for this initiative.

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India, Papua New Guinea sign four agreements

India and Papua New Guinea have signed four Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in various sectors to boost bilateral cooperation.

The MoUs were signed in the presence of the visiting President Pranab Mukherjee and the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’ Neil in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea.

Signed MoUs are

  • MoU regarding $100 Million Credit Line: India will provide a Line of Credit of 100 million dollars for specific projects in Transport and infrastructure sectors.
  • MoU in the field of Health Care and Medical Science: It covers areas such as Public Health, Health Research, Human Resources and Training, Medical Services, Disease Control and Prevention, Drug and Health Care Technologies and Environmental Health.
  • MoU in the field of Agriculture: It was singed between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and PNG University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea. It delineates all round cooperation in agricultural research and training.
  • MoU in the field of IT: It envisages establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology in Papua New Guinea.

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