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Title: Enhancing the agricultural sector with m-agriculture
Authors: Cassim, M.A.
Keywords: Agro-advisory system
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: SLIIT
Citation: PSRS2009
Series/Report no.: SLIIT/LIB/;
Abstract: Sri Lanka is a predominantly agricultural nation with a rural population of approximately 85%. This constitutes a large community engaging in agricultural activities. Information and communication technology can play a vital role in improving this sector which, despite a handful of noteworthy efforts, has largely been untapped thus far. Once this lingering inertia is defied, and a sector upon which a large proportion of the populace rely themselves is integrated and improved, the nation would experience extensive development that was hitherto on stand by. This paper is conceptual in nature and attempts to devise a mechanism by which the agriculture sector is integrated and agro-services are provided to farmers via mobile devices. The ubiquitous mobile phone has become the quintessential tool of the small man to get connected. By using the mobile platform to disseminate services and facilitate operations, a larger dimension of the farming community can be reached and a multitude of services can be provided and monitored. This paper additionally focuses on the instruments required to realise the aforementioned mechanism.
ISSN: 1800-3591
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