Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Australian Society of Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Computer and Security Science/eAgriculture Research Group

RAS ID

18448

Comments

This article was originally published as: Shah, P., Gandhi, N., & Armstrong, L. (2014). Mobile Applications for Indian Agriculture Sector: A case study. Proceedings of Asian Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture. (pp. 424 - 434). Perth, W.A. Australian Society of Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture. Original article available here

Abstract

Government, private agencies and the general public are often interested in the decisions made by the Indian farmers as they have large influences beyond the farm boundary. Over many years, the process of adoption of new technologies and policies in the Indian agricultural sector has received considerable academic attention highlighting the role of many social, financial and other influences on their decision making. The Indian government and other development agencies promote income generating projects as a way of encouraging growth through increased agricultural production and the protection of the natural resource base. The impact of new technology to economic growth can only be realized when the use of these new technologies is widely diffused. In this paper the overview of agricultural mobile technologies and applications have been discussed and the challenges faced by the farmers to utilize them effectively. The advantages to farmers, traders and producers by introducing mobile applications and services in agriculture to improve decision making will also be examined. Two existing agricultural mobile application eMandi and Mandi Trades for trading of commodities will be described and evaluated.

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