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Today when we have already marched off through a decade of 21ST Century, it seems that the need of the hour is to transform Indian agriculture from almost a way of life to an industry; an industry which forms the firm pillars for supporting the rapidly growIng economy. Technology and innovation are essential to this transformation. Technological advancement has reached booming heights today, but the reflection of this advancement is faded in the agricultural field. The time is now set to combine the best of managerial
and technical skills and transform Indian agriculture into a booming and prospering enterprise.
Precision agriculture is one such concept that can play a key role in this development. It merges the new technologies borne of the information age with a mature agricultural industry. Precision farming is generally defined as information and technology based farm management system to identify, analyze and manage variability within the fields for optimum profitability, sustainability and protection of land resource. It provides the ability to use crop inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides etc. more effectively to increase crop yield and quality without polluting the environment.
Variable rate technology (VRT) is an important Site-specific management component of precision agriculture which provides economic benefits to growers while reducing the application of agrochemicals, including fertilizer, and irrigation water.
Keeping the benefits associated with VRT in mind AGFE REVOLUTION, a group of students of the Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, liT Kharagpur has decided to take an initiative to develop a VRT System for the emerging agricultural Industry. The idea has taken the shape of a project with an objective to develop a Variable rate Technology based Fertilizer Application Vehicle that would be able distribute the fertilizers according to the spatial variability in the field.