Acquisition of the first salt salinity solar remote sensing data logger in the country to measure the extensiveness of salt salinity in the soil on the farm
About the Implementing organization
Name: BAIE STE ANNE FARMERS ASSOCIATION
Year of establishment: 2013
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status
The remote sensing data logger has never before been used in the country to collect data directly from the soil which helped the farmers with the help of the Seychelles Agricultural agency to use technology and scientific –based equipment and transfer the data into useful information that helped the farmer in taking informed decision and management measures on the farms; a colour - coded card was produced so they can use given data and match with the colour codes to know when and how much to water their plants at given period of the day.
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration
Sustainable Development Element
Food security / Water security / Renewable energy / Climate action
The positive environmental impacts include conservation of water resource by using what is needed at given times and also reducing soil degradation from increased soil salinity and uncontrolled irrigation, as a result of information or data provided from the remote sensing data logger. This instrument will continue to provide information so the farmers will know when to use more or less of the soil corrector and water to irrigate the plants. This ensures the effective protection of the environment and careful use of the natural resources (soil and water).
Sustainable Development Impacts
Conserving and enhancing the landscape to protect and improve soil fertility and the natural resource base
that is needed for food production through management of natural resources on the farms in order to produce healthier food products, hence promoting the opportunity for family members to continue the legacy in responding to food demands and supply when the younger generation learns and understands the use of technology and the implication of research and applying data as knowledge base to sustainable farming practices and farming as a community.
The positive results stemming from this project convinced the government that the data provided by the equipment is worth considering for management decision at a the national scale so they will keep recording the data from the sentek logger which will now be part of a national database, which will be used soon for the development of national modeling system for irrigation management under saline condition.
Already two more of these data loggers have been purchased by the Government and private sector partners on the main island of Mahe in order to increase information capacity in areas facing the same issues so better decisions can be taken to assist farmers and others interested in managing their farmlands for increased productivity and improved soil structure.
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