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Geospatial applications in precision farming - A case study in West Bengal
Dilip Kumar Paul
Physical Planning Consultants India Limited
57/D, Beltola Road, Calcutta 700 025
Precision farming revolves around the idea that any agricultural land can contain wide spatial variations in soil types, nutrient availability, and other important factors and not taking these variations into account can result in a loss of productivity. Precision farming, as such, is a method of farming that allows the farmer to produce more efficiently, thereby realizing gains through economical use of resources. In practical terms, precision farming involves studying and managing variations within fields that can affect crop yield.
What follows is a description of steps involved in the application of geospatial technology in precision farming. The study does not deal with everything about precision farming. It only deals with some of the tasks on the digital side of precision farming for crop production using TNTmips.
Selection of Arapanch village, in West Bengal in eastern India, is based on the premises that
- recent advances in space and information technologies are capable of enabling small farm families achieve sustainable advances in productivity and profitability per unit of land, time, labour, and capital, and
- if the case study is developed for the fields of resource poor farmers, all farmers benefit.