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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 plants.