CM to launch IIITM-K’s ‘MANNU’ app for farmers

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Pilot project to be launched at Varavoor Panchayat on Dec. 5

Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan will launch an
interactive mobile app, ‘MANNU’, designed by the Indian Institute of Information
Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) to help farmers check the suitability of a
desired crop, at Kanakakunnu Palace here tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10am. Initially, it will
be launched for Varavoor Panchayat in Thrissur district.
The farmer-friendly spatially-enabled app, developed for the Soil Survey Department of
the state government, not only helps in checking the suitability of a specific crop, but can
also recommend the suitability of the farm, type of fertilizer, quantity, and interval of
application for the specified crop for a specified location.
‘MANNU’ is a cost-effective, efficient and easy-to- adopt e-governance tool for fertilizer
advisory services that provides information on correct dosage of fertilizers depending on
the nutrient content of the soil, resulting in balanced nutrition, saving cost, and avoiding
soil and water pollution.
By using the app, farmers get authentic information about the status of 20 soil nutrients
for any location. Based on the soil nutrient status, the app suggests the suitable crop for
the selected geographic location (GPS).
A scaled-up version of the app, with soil information for the entire state and
recommendations for all the crops, will be made available for the farmers by the end of
2018.
It ultimately aims to provide scientific soil nutrient management, ensuring sustainability
of soil health and optimum growth and yield of crop. This app facilitates farmers to make
informed decisions about need-based and site-specific fertilizer application through the
online system.
The Soil Survey Department has been generating soil nutrient information across Kerala
with due emphasis on the micro relief conditions. This information has been
transformed into a knowledge base.

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