In Kerala, nearly 94 per cent of the holdings are small and marginal and for these populous small
holdings integrated land use practices are becoming increasingly important. The farmers cultivate a multitude of crops along with cattle, poultry etc. in the holdings adjacent to their homes. The major crops like coconut, arecanut, cocoa, banana, pepper, nutmeg and vanilla are inflicted by insect pests, diseases and nutritional deficiencies/physiological disorders.
Recently, there has been an escalation of these problems and several maladies once considered very minor
have attained major proportions. The farmers find it difficult to distinguish/diagnose the symptoms and operate under the absence of expert recommendations.
The imminent need was to develop a support system to effortlessly identify the symptoms and diagnose insect pest attack, diseases and nutritional deficiencies/physiological disorders in crops and adopt appropriate corrective measures. As the task is of a comprehensive nature, it demanded the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of scientists. With this backdrop the CROP HEALTH DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (CHDSS) was conceived and prepared.
This online version of this
system has been developed to help the farming community to
identify various pest, disease and other nutritional deficiencies
of their crops through an interactive model and take
suitable control measures on time. Quality images and videos
have been included to provide more help for the farming