Katalyst signed a MoU with Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) to develop and promote Irrigation Recommendation Software (IRS) on 5 January 2012.
The IRS, an ICT based recommendation platform will enable farmers to have access to proper irrigation recommendations. This will include irrigation scheduling, information regarding crop specific water requirement, irrigation methodology and more.
The information received from the IRS will help farmers to increase their yield and reduce their production cost. The appropriate use of the software generated recommendations will also result in positive environmental benefits such as reduced water usage leading to less pressure on the water table and deducting emissions of greenhouse gases. Thus, the progress from the IRS platform will trickle down to increased income for farmers combined with wider environmental benefits.
Dr. S.M Nazmul Islam, Chairman, BADC and Goetz Ebbecke, General Manager, Katalyst signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.