Crop Pest Surveillance System (CPSS) is a Web and Mobile based, ICT enabled pest surveillance Information System initiated by Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala. The system has been conceptualized, designed, developed and implemented by Indian Institute of Information Technology and Mangement - Kerala (under Department of IT and Electronics, Govt. of Kerala) for the Department of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala.
This is an information system to effortlessly identify the symptoms and diagnose insect pest attack, diseases and nutritional deficiencies/physiological disorders in various crops.The pest/disease surveillance data is captured by field scouts/extension officers by using an integrated mobile application deployed in a smart phone device /tablets and uploaded to the centralized server for data process and analysis. Based on the field level data, the system generates pest severity reports for the extension officers and researchers and necessary advisories for the farmers on a near-real time basis. The reports are being generated location wise, panchayath wise and block wise for easy navigation and interpretation. The system generates mobile SMS alerts and sends to farmers and respective Agricultural extension officers/ scientists so that they can immediately attend to those issues. The system also provides the facility to send mobile SMS and recommendations by the concerned Agriculture officers to their respective registered farmers. The system is backed up with a high end data analytics platform for scientific data analysis and interpretation. The Web GIS enabled spatial data analytics facilitates a highly accurate and spatial enabled decision making process.
OBJECTIVES To establish a field level pest /disease observation mechanism with ICT facilitated (Web and Mobile based systems and tools and build an effective crop pest and disease management system for Kerala and build an integrated crop advisory service for the farmers. The data collection methodology for these pests and diseases vary widely based on the peculiarities of the crop and the pest/disease selected. For each crop, there will be two fixed plots of uniform size in each panchayath for sampling and recording observations. Moreover, a roving survey will be conducted in a transect manner in the panchayath and observations will be recorded.