NagaFarm Doctor,’ an android mobile app for the farmers of Nagaland was launched by the Nagaland Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation, G. Kaito Aye on April 17. The indigenous app has been developed by Nagaland State e-Governance Society (NSeGS).
The app will help local farmers of Nagaland “manage and identify issues such as diseases/pests related to their agriculture produce,” as per the description of the app. Users of the app can get assistance from “Experts in the Department of Agriculture, Government of Nagaland” by submitting their queries through the app. As of now, NagaFarm Doctor has information on 19 assorted vegetables, fruits and grains including rice, maize, tomato, chili, banana, citrus etc, including pictures of diseases and pests. By looking at the picture, the farmer can identify various diseases and pests infesting a particular crop or plant.
Thereafter, they can either submit or upload their queries including pictures and get assistance from the ‘Experts.’ The app has feature to submit as well as view one’s query separately. The interaction so far is available only in English.
This app has a chain communication feature like WhatsApp and is farmer friendly, a DIPR report from the launching programme, which coincided with the felicitation programme organised by the Department of Agriculture for the Minister at the Directorate of Agriculture, Kohima for the minister stated.