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Workshop at PJTSAU mulls mobile application for Agriculture

A two-day brainstorming workshop on developing mobile application to deliver agricultural extension services in Telangana began at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU).

The workshop is being organised as part of the tripartite agreement between Australian Western Sydney University (WSU), Mumbai-based Riverbridge Ventures and PJTSAU. The three institutions are jointly developing the mobile app for agricultural services.

Stakeholders, including farmers, Krishi Vignana Kendras (KVKs), District Agricultural Advisory and Transfer of Technology Centres (DAATTC) coordinators, principal scientists of PJTSAU, extension faculty, Agriculture and Horticulture Department officials participated in the deliberations.

Vice-Chancellor of the agricultural university V. Praveen Rao suggested those involved in the project should make the mobile app such that they aid farmers effectively in the State. “It should address the total value chain of agriculture right from sowing to harvesting and information related to marketing their agricultural produce,” he said. The app should provide knowledge to farmers for taking decisions on all farm-related issues, he felt.

Founder of Riverbridge Ventures Vishnu Gorantla gave a presentation on the significance of industry-academia partnership for sustainable solutions in agriculture. Prof. Atul Ginije of WSU gave broader introduction on the workshop. Prof. Shamsul Huda of WSU, Prof. Raji Reddy, Director of Extension of PJTSAU, and others also spoke.


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