Rural Capacity Building Programme
Interviewee: Dr Milind Mujumdar, IITM, Pune
In this video, Dr Milind Mujumdar shares the work being done under the Rural Capacity Building Programme, led by IITM, and building on the COSMOS project in India. In this interview you will learn about the low-cost sensors for monitoring field-scale variations of surface and sub-surface soil moisture that are being developed with various organisations. You will also learn about the development of a wireless network for these sensors being done with rural faculty and students.
In Part A, Dr Jonathan Evans introduces the COSMOS system – a field scale in situ soil moisture measurement technology – which can inform water resource managers and agricultural outreach practitioners on the soil moisture status and crop water need, thus helping to reduce over-irrigation and increase water use efficiency, whilst maintaining or improving crop yields.