Agriculture Technology : Soil Moisture Indicator for farmers by Sugarcane Breeding Institute
Dr Bakshi Ram, Director of ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore launched the “Soil
Moisture Indicator‟ (SMI) device at the Institute premises.
To save water and to facilitate irrigation-scheduling, ICAR-SBI has developed a handy and user-friendly
electronic moisture–indicating device, named “Soil Moisture Indicator".
The device helps the farmers in deciding when to irrigate their fields and as a result there would be
considerable saving of irrigation water.
The sensor rods of SMI need to be inserted into the soil to a required depth to assess the soil moisture,
which is indicated by glowing LEDs. Device is suitable for use in agricultural farms as well as in potted