e-Sagu: An IT based Personalized Agro-Advisory System





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A Project of Media Lab Asia
Executed by IIIT, Hyderabad and Media Lab Asia in association with Nokia

eSagu is a tool for IT-based personalized Agro-Advisory system. (Sagu means cultivation in Telugu language.). It aims to improve farm productivity by delivering high quality personalized (farm-specific) agro-expert advice in a timely manner to each farm at the farmers door-steps without farmer asking a question.. The advice is provided on regular basis (typically once a week) from sowing to harvesting which reduces the cost of cultivation and increases the farm productivity as well as quality of agri-commodities. In eSagu, the developments in IT such as (database, Internet, and digital photography) are extended to improve the performance of agricultural extension services. eSagu offers next generation agricultural extension tool and supplements and integrates into the existing agricultural extension system.

The eSagu experiment has started in 2004.

In this system, high resolution mobile cameras such as Nokia's N95 to capture crop disease so as to enable remote scientist to diagnose diseases in the crop and provide necessary and timely advice.

Recognition and Awards
•The eSagu system is a finalist for the Stockholm Challenge Award 2008.
•eSagu project is the winner of "The Manthan Award 2007 - India's Best e-Content for Development".
•Overall winner of CSI Nihilent e-Governance Award for the year 2006.
•eSagu has been recognized as one of the worldwide latest novel internet applications in the "Innovative Application Case study 2006" of Institute for Information Industry, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan.


Dr.P.Krishna Reddy,
Professor & Chief-investigator of eSagu,
IIIT, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, PIN: 500 032 (India).
Phone: +91-40-23001967/9 ext.322; +91-40-23002314
E-mail: pkreddy@iiit.ac.in.
Web: http://www.iiit.ac.in/~pkreddy and http://www.esagu.in.

Dr. G.V. Ramaraju,
Research Director, Media Lab Asia,
708-723, 7th Floor, Devika Towers,
6, Nehru Place, New Delhi 110 019, India.
Tel: 011-2644 3266/2628 8190-93; Fax: 011-2628 8189;
email: ramaraju@medialabasia.in.


1. URLs:

(a) www.esagu.in,

(b) www.medialabasia.in,

(c) http://medialabasia.in/livelihood-2.html

(d) http://www.esagu.in/it-paes2005/

(c) http://www.solutionexchange-un.net.in...

(d) http://www.nasscomfoundation.org/inde...

(e) http://www.csinihilent-egovernanceawa...

2. P.Krishna Reddy and R.Ankaiah, A framework of information technology-based agriculture information dissemination system to improve crop productivity, Current Science, vol. 88, Num.12 pp. 1905-1913, June 2005.

URL: http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/jun25200...
3. B.V.Ratnam, P.Krishna Reddy, and G.S.Reddy, eSagu: An IT based personalized agricultural extension system prototype--analysis of 51 Farmers' case studies, International Journal of Education and Development using ICT
(IJEDICT), Vol.2, No.1(2006).

URL: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticl...

4. P. Krishna Reddy, GV Ramaraju, and G.S. Reddy, eSaguTM: A Data Warehouse Enabled Personalized Agricultural Advisory System, Proceedings of ACM Special Interest Group on Management of Data 2007 (ACM SIGMOD 2007),
ACM Press, pp.910-914.

URL: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?do...
5. R.Uday Kiran and P. Krishna Reddy, Understanding the Dynamics of Crop Problems by Analyzing Farm Advisory Data in eSaguTM, 5th International Workshop on Databases in Networked Information Systems (DNIS2007), The University
of Aizu, JAPAN, October 17-19, 2007, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 4777, pp.272-284, Springer-Verlag, 2007.

URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/7...
6. G.Shyamasudar Reddy and P.Krishna Reddy, Efficient Implementation of Agri-insurance Schemes by Piggybacking eSagu System, Third National Workshop on "ICT and Agriculture: From Potential to Prosperity in a Global Perspective", IAITA and DA-IICT, Ahmedabad, India, 15-16, June 2006. http://www.iiit.ac.in/~pkreddy/pkredd...
7. P.Krishna Reddy, G.Shyamasundar Reddy and GV Ramaraju, Improving the Performance of Loan Recovery and Financial Inclusion for Rural Financial Services with eSaguTM, "Seminar on Rural eEmpowerment" organized by
Regional Training College, NABARD, Mangalore, India, October 11-12,2007



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