Current Affairs 2017 - April

IIITM-K develops app for coffee growers

Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) has launched an application named Kaapi Soil Health Management and Monitoring (Kshemam) app to provide soil nutrient information and fertiliser recommendation for coffee plantation owners. The app will help in proper identification of optimum levels of fertiliser use. Farmers by entering information like geographic coordinates or their administrative divisions can check the soil property, nutrient status and fertiliser recommendations for their land. In addition, the spatial variation of individual nutrients can also be thematically visualised with the help of this app. By using this app, the farmers can generate fertiliser recommendation, nutrient advisory and soil health card in English, Kannada, Tamil or Malayalam.

National Bureau of Soil and Land Use Planning at the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has already done GPS enabled soil sampling and nutrient analysis in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to provide correct information to the coffee growers. In India, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the leading producers of coffee.

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GNFC wins Golden Globe Tigers award

Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) has won the prestigious Golden Globe Tigers Award for Excellence and Leadership in CSR for the year 2017 in the category of ‘E-Payment Leadership’. GNFC has been awarded for the implementation of digital transactions in its township at Bharuch (Gujarat). Award was given to GNFC at Golden Globe Tigers Night 2017 held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event saw the participation of global CSR leaders from over 43 countries. This is the second award for GNFC in this category. It has already won the Golden Peacock Award for its cashless innovation.

GNFC

Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited is a state-owned manufacturer of fertilizers and Chemicals. It was founded in 1976. It emerged as the first fertiliser company in the country to adopt a cashless economy successfully. GNFC’s township in Bharuch, Gujarat, became the first 100% cashless township of India. Recently, Prime Minister had launched GNFC’s replicated cashless township model in 81 integrated townships across 12 states.

Golden Globe Tigers Award for Excellence and Leadership

Golden Globe Tigers Award for Excellence and Leadership recognises leaders in marketing, branding CSR and social innovation, education and academic across leadership levels in an individual and organisation. It is considered as one of the highest award individuals and organizations can aspire to achieve.

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