System being developed to enhance water productivity, soil management: MoIT

ISLAMABAD:Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoIT) is in process of developing a sustainable irrigation management information system to enhance water productivity and soil management.

The System is being developed through usage of microwave signals information of telecommunication networks to estimate climatic parameters, and optimizing water productivity.

National Technology Fund (Ignite) (Formerly National ICT R&D Fund), a subsidiary of MoIT is supporting the project in collaboration with Telenor Pakistan, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and Punjab Irrigation Department.

The Principal Investigator’s Organization (PIO) for the project – Sustainable Irrigation Management Information System using Real Time Irrigation Water Demand & Supply for Rural Areas Development – is University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and it would cost Rs. 18.7 million.

Giving details, the official sources on Tuesday said this system would help uplift living standard of farmers, improve crop production and reduce water wastage. This system will allocate water based on both flat and variable rates for optimum water productivity.

The sources said measurement of precipitation is based on fact that raindrops on microwave link path attenuate the signal. Hence, a decrease in received signal level generally indicates an increase of rainfall intensity.

The sources said underground sensors integrated with an IoT network will continuously assess ground moisture and added with precise, real-time measurement of climatic data and ground water content, the proposed system will accurately estimate actual irrigation water demand in the field.

The sources said to enhance water productivity and soil management, this intelligent system will use agro-economic model for an effective reallocation strategy.