08 May 2009

India debuts 'agricultural Wikipedia'

Indian scientists have launched an 'agricultural Wikipedia' to act as an online repository of agricultural information in the country.

It aims to disseminate crop- and region-specific information to farmers and agricultural extension workers — who communicate agricultural information and research findings to farmers — and provide information for students and researchers.

The website currently contains information on nine crops — rice, wheat, chickpea, pigeon pea, vegetable pea, lychee, sugarcane, groundnut and sorghum — but its creators say that all agriculture-related topics will be eventually covered.

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