Rapeseed-mustard cultivation area in India has been classified in to V major agro-ecological zones. The basic climatic conditions targeted for developing the resource efficient varieties are rainfed and irrigated. In erratic behavior of climatic conditions, it is imperative to the farmers be informative with the available technologies suitable for their situations. Rapeseed-mustard researchers have developed the varieties for the performing well in rainfed, irrigated and in both rainfed & irrigated. The availability of the information about these varieties is scattered and by means of several forms. The challenge was to organize the information electronically so that the farmers of the country could be benefited from this information for increase in rapeseed-mustard production.
For this purpose a web based expert system of crop variety selection has been developed. The system was developed by applying knowledge engineering approaches with scientific knowledge base in backend. The system suggests the varieties of farmer’s/ advisors’s choice based on location for climatic conditions such as rainfed or irrigated or for both conditions. The system carries detailed information about 160 notified varieties that have been stored in its knowledge base. The important feature implemented in this expert system is that it is bilingual i.e. in Hindi and English languages (which can be easily understood by the Indian farmers).read more