i. Farmers now can have customised tips on their phablet on the kind of agricultural inputs they might require for their field.
ii. Based on the specific soil health of their small chunks of lands, scientists at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Government of Telangana would send timely messages to the farmers through the phablet.
iii. The Hyderabad-headquartered ICRISAT launched the Green Phablet, priced at $300 (about Rs. 18,600), for farmers in Telangana. The institute would maintain servers to safe keep the information. And even if a user loses his device, he would be able to get back the information in no time.
iv. ICRISAT Director-General David Bergvinson signed a tripartite agreement on Tuesday with the Departments of Agriculture and Information Technology to collaborate in transforming agriculture using digital technologies.
v. Addressing a gathering later, Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao said that there was a need to bring down the cost of the device to Rs. 10,000 to make it affordable for farmers.