November 2017


FarmERP Highlights Nov 2017

Features of Grapes DSS
      Just in time weather based               advisory
      Quick response to complex               queries
      Simple to use
      Improved accuracy in water               and nutrition advisory
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October 2017 Newsletter


Success Stories

Decision Support System for Enhancing Productivity
of Grapes under Moisture and Temperature Stress

Among the horticultural crops grape cultivation is one of the most remunerative farming enterprises in India. There is a high risk of yield reduction and even losing the grape crop due to unprecedented changes in weather due to abiotic stresses like moisture and temperature. With the impact of climate change the occurrence of moisture and temperature stress events have become frequent, more severe and erratic. Majority of the grape cultivation in India is concentrated in the agro-ecological region- (K4Dd3) with the mean annual precipitation, ranging between 600 and 1000 mm, covers about 40 per cent of annual PET demand (1600 and 1800 mm). This results in gross annual deficit of 800 to 1000 mm of water.
We have designed and developed Decision Support System App for grape growers in association with

National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune
Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi

Timely accurate advice pertaining to crop water requirement and nutrition requirement is a major concern faced by grape growers. Accuracy of crop water requirement depends on many factors including crop growth stage, regional weather pattern, water holding capacity of soil and others. In major grape growing regions of India, the grape growing practices involve double pruning (foundation and fruit pruning) and single cropping. Seasonal changes in climatic conditions are impacting grape productivity either in terms of reduced fruitfulness due to high temperature, unseasonal rainfalls or reduced rainfall. The water availability to vines during the foundation pruning has great bearing on vine productivity and nutrient uptake.
Renowned grape scientists from National Research Center for Grapes and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) with their research findings and knowhow, contributed to great extent. FarmERP System architect decided to use RulesEngine in order to get quick response to complex queries. Our product and UX designers designed user friendly DSS UI in view of use by farmers. Data scientists worked on building complex, multi-dimensional database. Expert coders developed a light weight web and mobile app. It was validated by grape growers and scientists. After fine tuning of this app it was launched for use for grape growers.
  • Realtime authentic and approved advisories
  • Faster decision making
  • Water and nutrition advisory using single App
  • Improved quality and productivity
  • Awareness of water and nutrition requirement
Development of Decision support system has improved the farmer’s ability to take crucial management decisions keeping the economics and long-term prospects of the standing crop. It provides recommendations to a grower based on his/her crop data, farm data, and prevailing weather conditions that helps to support or assist grower’s decision-making capacity. Thus, web and mobile based Decision Support System for grapes is helping the farmers in increasing their productivity, and leading to their economic growth. This helps in timely decisions involving changes in management practices like pruning time to escape from stress, techniques to increase the water availability to vines and soil moisture conservation techniques, to be taken by the growers to save their crops from moisture and temperature stress conditions.