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About KAU

Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is the primary and the principal instrumentality of the Kerala state in providing human resources, and skills and technology, required for the sustainable development of its agriculture, defined broadly encompassing all production activities based on land and water, including crop production (agriculture), forestry and fisheries through conducting, interfacing and integrating education, research and extension in these spheres of economic endeavour. It is situated in Vellanikkara, Thrissur, Kerala.

Abou e-DID

Irrigated agriculture plays a vital role for a sustainable agricultural future. Drip irrigation has been proved to be an efficient method of water application, but one of the problems persisting is the sophisticated procedure of a precise design and estimation. e-DID software is an electronic tool to assist in drip-irrigation system design and its cost estimation with much ease. The software is designed suitable for all districts of Kerala and ten major crops namely vegetables, banana, tapioca, pineapple, areca nut, coconut, pepper, tea, coffee and cowpea. Option for multiple crop design is also provided in the software. The design is obtained through few simple procedures by the user; the input data include the field dimension, irrigation interval and duration, number of blocks etc. The result includes whole system design, materials required, cost, and pump selection, in three different layouts. The software is programmed in C# dot NET and uses only a minimum number of readily available input data which makes it simple and user friendly on one hand, and accurate and robust on the other. The result can be saved in pdf or excel format for further processing.