Shah Alam, a struggling farmer of Shirajgonj, had to go through some rough phases of life for all the troubles he had encountered while farming. Every time he faced…
Online Fertilizer Recommendation: Automation of data processing and data updating
Shah Alam, a struggling farmer of Shirajgonj, had to go through some rough phases of life for all the troubles he had encountered while farming. Every time he faced a problem, he had to travel all the way to the Upazilla Agricultural Centre which happens to be 30KM away from his house. This was neither feasible nor cost effective for poor farmers like him. A change was possible and they badly needed it. In solution to that, a project under SIF facilitates a component of the mother project “Online Fertilizer Recommendation System (OFRS)” implemented by SRDI.
The project is running a system which is updating information pertaining to fertilizers and their applications using an online guide in the Upazillas. This system has made it possible to provide updated information pertaining to fertilizers in the Zilla or local agriculture offices, making it possible to create an up to date online guide that has made it much more convenient and efficient for the institute to provide quality services at a lower cost. This system has also made possible for farmers to obtain information regarding soil and fertilizers from their nearest UDCs and service centers.
Previously, soil had to be tested only in Dhaka office and results had to be collected from Dhaka office. So, people and other stakeholders had to travel to Dhaka for soil testing and its results, which would have entailed extra costs, time and hassles. Under the automation of data processing and data updating project, it is now possible to upload soil test results done at different regional labs by the concerned officers with an admin password. Through the web, the results can be obtained by the stakeholders including farmers. Thus, the contribution of the project is that it eases the whole process and reduces time and cost for both administrator and end-users.
The project completed on time and the service is now available at the doorsteps of farmers. Farmers and other stakeholders mentioned are finding the service very useful and it is contributing to increased agricultural production as well as food security of the country.
Bangladesh is primarily an agrarian economy and about 48 percent of total labor force is engaged in this sector. The performance of agriculture sector has an overwhelming impact on the economy, particularly in employment generation, poverty alleviation and ensuring food security. Chemical fertilizers make a vital part of modern agriculture. The new high-yielding crop varieties, which are the main sources of supply of country’s food, can only perform well if they are provided with an adequate and timely supply of required fertilizers. While chemical fertilizers contribute to large yield increase, their efficient use is important for increase of production. A timely recommendation of fertilizer based on soil quality is important to get maximum benefit from fertilizer use. So, it has long been felt the necessity of an efficient and effective fertilizer recommendation system for better production of agricultural output in