KrishiEkta is an information and knowledge distribution platform for Indian agriculture system. KrishiEkta addresses the inadequate access of important information to various stakeholders in Indian agriculture. Access of rich internet platforms is not available to various farmers in small rural parts of the country. Financial state of farmers in India doesn’t enable them to be educated or to be in touch with technology. Illiteracy becomes a big challenge in information distribution in India. KrishiEkta system collects information from multiple sources through the internet on different categories falling under the theme of Agriculture. It then organizes this data into categorical models. Categories are created based on mixed parameters from pre-set knowledge per source along with analysis on the vocabulary of source. Categories are associated with collected articles to provide filtering options to the subscribers. This information with categorical information is the prepared for distribution on different formats. KrishiEkta system’s Content-Generation engine generates outputs of summarized article information in the form of SMS, tweet, facebook post, blog post and digests e-mail. SMS are the preferred medium of information distribution among small farmers. Whereas many educated stakeholders use e-mails and social networking services. Summarized information with relevant links and identifiers per format are finally distributed to the subscribed users through the Distribution Engine. KrishiEkta system is an attempt to resolve the problem of lack of information among Indian farmers and disconnected agriculture community. It therefore specifically provides different outputs and hopes to create an effective and useful base for development in Indian agriculture.
Rakshit Agrawal, Mridu Atray, and S. Krishna Sundari. 2013. KrishiEkta: integrated knowledge and information distribution system for Indian agriculture. In Proceedings of the 4th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV-4 ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, , Article 19 , 2 pages.DOI=10.1145/2537052.2537071 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2537052.2537071 (PDF)