The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has recently launched "GreenPHABLET powered by the GreenSIM". It is a low-cost combination phone and tablet computer customized to improve developing world agricultural success and incomes.
According to Dr William Dar, ICRISAT’s Director General, "The GreenPHABLET will allow information to be precisely targeted to individual smallholder farmers. This will help farmers purchase inputs at lower price, get a better price for their produce, and link them to markets, thus putting them on the path to prosperity."
The device has been developed by the ICRISAT Center of Excellence in ICT Innovations for Agriculture in collaboration with NUNC Systems, and it is priced at USD 299. NUNC is a Hyderabad-based company.
"This device acts like a mobile village knowledge center/common service center, enabling farmers to benefit from contemporary information and communication technologies and expanding Internet connectivity in remote rural regions," explains Dr. Dileepkumar Guntuku, Global Leader and Director, ICRISAT’s Center of Excellence in ICT Innovations for Agriculture.
The device will help create an ecosystem of services that will improve the quality of information dissemination and knowledge sharing among stakeholders.
"Real time information sharing between farmers and researchers enables farmers to improve crop productivity and researchers to collect accurate data in real time. This lays the road for future innovations in the field of agriculture," informs Sandeep Dega, Senior Director, NUNC Systems.
GreenSIM is a special SIM card that can be used with any mobile phone. It was created under a unique partnership between ICRISAT, Airtel, and the IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative) Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL).