IRRI launches innovative mobile app SeedCast
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), together with the Odisha Department of Agriculture and the Odisha State Seed Corporation (OSSC), has launched SeedCast, a mobile application and web-based Management Information System (MIS) portal for seed demand estimation.
SeedCast will help streamline the demand and supply of seeds for different varieties of rice.
“Seed corporations have been grappling with the issue of estimating demand for seeds. SeedCast will help estimate demand for varieties of rice seeds, which makes nearly 80 percent of the Kharif cultivation,” said Saurabh Garg, Principal Secretary of the Odisha Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment.
The mobile app will also augment IRRI’s initiative in Odisha on increasing productivity of rice-based cropping systems and farmers’ income.
Through the app, dealers and extension officials will be able to indicate the demand of different varieties of rice seeds.
This information made available to seed corporations will help them produce the preferred seeds in the required quantities so gaps between supply and demand of rice seed varieties can be narrowed.
This will in turn encourage the replacement of older, lesser-yielding varieties of rice with new, higher-yielding varieties.
Farmers using the app will also have access to information on which seeds are available with which dealers so they can access these for purchase and cultivation according to their needs and environmental conditions.