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‘Cotton Doctor’ Kiosk launched in Jalna, Maharashtra

‘Cotton Doctor’ Kiosk launched in Jalna, Maharashtra WWF - India along with its partners Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Jalna, Keshavraj Agro Producer Company (KAPCL), a Farmers’ Producer Company and Weather Risk Management Services Ltd (WRMS), an agritech start- up, jointly launched a unique ‘Cotton Doctor’ kiosk in Shivni village of Jalna district on the occasion of Independence Day on 15th August. The kiosk service for the digitized web and android – based Decision Support System (DSS) known as ‘Cotton Doctor’ was inaugurated by Mr. Ravindra Binwade, District Collector of Jalna. Addressing a gathering of almost 150 farmers, Mr. Binwade said that farmers can use the services of the kiosk for taking smart and informed decisions on cotton production to counter the severe climate- related vagaries that the district has been facing in the current decade. The information provided by the ‘Cotton Doctor’ App through the kiosk is unique as it offers customized data for each and every farmer and is backed up by cutting - edge technology. Mr. Binwade urged the farmers to avail of the services efficiently and promptly. Mr. Balasaheb Shinde, Superintendent Agriculture Officer, Jalna referred to the Kiosk as a ‘first- of- its- kind’ in the district where farmers are provided with live and real time information as well as the option to interact with experts of KVK located elsewhere. The event was attended by, among others, Mr Vijay Anna Borade, a visionary agriculturist and Krishi Ratna awardee, Mr Udhav Khedakar, President of KAPCL, Mr. Mukesh Tripathi, Coordinator, WWF - India and Mr. S.V. Sonune, Head of KVK, Jalna. WWF – India, with technical support from WRMS, developed the DSS for providing real time information on cotton production to the farmers of Jalna district. The DSS gives forecasts on weather, information on pest and disease management, crop health and soil moisture status and irrigation and nutrient advisories. Around 15,000 farmers are registered and availing of the ‘Cotton Doctor’ services. The kiosk has been set up to enable farmers without smart phones to access the DSS services.

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