In order to manage rice crops on better manner, Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh launched Crop Manager for Rice-based Systems (CMRS) – a web based App dedicated to Bihar farmers during a programme organised at ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region (ICAR-RCER) in Patna.
While launching the App, the Minister congratulated the scientists of different institutes involved in development of the App. The App will be a part of Digital India programme and will be linked with Soil Health scheme for bringing access to new technologies to rural India.
CMRS is a web-based App which can be used with computer, mobile and tablet and aims to increase farmers’ income and sustain the productivity for rice-based cropping systems in Bihar, India. CMRS will provide irrigated and rainfed farmers with rice-based cropping systems in Bihar with a crop and nutrient management guideline customized to the needs of an individual farmer. CMRS uses a farmers’ answers to questions on farming practices to automatically generate a rice, wheat and maize management guideline.
The App is designed for use by extension workers, crop advisers, input providers, and service providers who interview a farmer using a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. CMRS was adapted, evaluated, and verified in Bihar through collaboration of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) with the Indian Council for Agricultural Research– RCER, Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Rajendra Agricultural University (RAU) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).