The agriculture project Harita-Priya of Andhra Pradesh on 3 May 2016 won the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2016 prize in e-Agriculture category.
The prize was announced in Geneva by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
Key features of Harita-Priya Project
• Harita-Priya stands for Harmonized Information of Agriculture, Revenue and Irrigation for a Transformation Agenda - Precision Technology for Agriculture.
• It meant to collect very specific climate data from farms and give farmers personalised information through SMS
• It 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 project was developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) in Hyderabad, which is having a pilot run in Anantpur district.
The project was partnered by the Andhra Pradesh government, the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) station and the Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University in Anantapur.
The WSIS Prizes recognize all players in the effort to improve global connectivity, from governments and global ICT (information communication technology) companies to grassroots NGOs leading innovative ICT-oriented projects at the local level.
A total of 18 prizes were awarded in categories ranging from international cooperation to information ethics.
When: 3 May 2016