Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA)

About

Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) is a paradigm shift in moving from input centric model to knowledge and skill based model. It involves making best use of locally available natural resources and takes best advantage of the natural processes. The main objective of CMSA is to bring sustainability to agricultural based livelihoods, with special focus on small and marginal farmers, tenants, agriculture labour and women.

CMSA is essentially a farmer centered movement. Transfer of technology is through community based local best practicing farmers. Farmers field school (FFS) is the key activity for transfer of technology. Capacity building is the key component in CMSA. Financial support is only in the form of capacity building and transfer of technology. Program management is done by the SHG women. Sub committees will review the performance of Village activist, cluster activist along with Functionaries & SPMs.

Methods promoted under CMSA are blend of scientifically proven technology, local wisdom, and, farmers’ innovations. Over a period of time these methods are building good ecology where there is a balance between friendly insects and crop pests, and this is leading to reducing the costs on pest management to ‘zero’. One of the main objectives of CMSA aims increased productivity with no expenditure on pesticides and fertilizers.

Objectives

Automation of Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA) project for operational, administrative and accounting functions at field with time processes and single source of truth model of data capture for updating central server with the following aspects:

  • Providing mobile application for uploading data.
  • Real time MIS generation for the activities of  CMSA along with digital snapshots.
  • Providing various abstract reports, dashboards, GIS reports etc   helps District and State level officials to track the activities and monitor the progress of CMSA activities particularly Samekyas.
  • An institution building objective with monitoring effort by building a database engine that can monitor the CMSA activities done and undergoing across the state.

Solution Overview

Three essential Operations covering the architecture

  • Mobile application for capturing real time data from field by different users and updating the central database server using SMS / GPRS Communication
  • Generating Web MIS reports  for departments or managements to better decision making
  • Maintaining cloud based centralized database

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Benefits

  • Farmers information is available anywhere any time through web
  • Exception reports helps in analyzing and reviewing with the field assistants & supervising officers.
  • Meticulous individual resource level tracking on work progress based on generated grading report  results in dramatic improvement in work output
  • Available of  GSM/GPRS service across the state on mobile instruments and thereby reduce the Capitol cost associated with computers/ e-notebooks at the field. The mobiles enabled to update data in real time, resulting in Real-time information available on field data which in turn generates real-time reporting capabilities for proper Decision Making.
  • Design and development of online (when GPRS signal is available) and Offline (When GPRS signal is absent) for capturing 1.5 million farmers data helps in capturing the data without any interruptions.
  • Training semiskilled mobile end users on usage of application through PPT presentations and user manuals
  • Enforcing farmers in using NPM methods and avoiding chemical fertilizers and pesticides
  • Capturing of  Geo – tagged  Images from the point of origin and displaying in MIS reports with time stamp.