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Green App “Treepedia” Helps Common Man Learn About Native Trees in Tamil Nadu


Introduction

Sudha Ramen developed an app that lists native trees that can be grown in Tamil Nadu.

Product or concept

Sudha Ramen developed the android application called Tamil Nadu Treepedia, a thesaurus of native trees that people can grow in their gardens, backyards and farms.

Problem being solved

Increase green cover through plantation and maintenance of native trees in urban regions.

Process or technology involved

Treepedia is a digital repository of native trees grown in Tamil Nadu.

  • Tamil Nadu Treepedia has four sections: trees categorised based on their species, types, the location they can be found in, and the fourth — tree finder — a refined search where you put in the soil type, terrain type and the rainfall in your region in order to look up the trees that can thrive the best. 
  • The app is meant for anyone who is interested in gardening and focused on farmers who want to diversify their harvests.

Sustainability benefits

  • Encourages growth of native trees so that the natural ecosystem continues to thrive.
  • Easy access to knowledge regarding the native tree heritage and plantation possibilities as per a person’s needs, region and capacity.
  • Reduces additional environmental/ecological burden when monocropping, focusing on non-native species, and planting crops without proper knowledge of soil and climatic conditions.

User segments that will benefit

  • Farmers – Urban and Non-urban
  • Anyone with an interest in horticulture

People or organizations involved

Sudha Ramen,

Tamil Nadu Forest Department

Innovations or USPs

  • The app has useful information like video tutorials on various planting techniques, agroforestry models based on zones, plantation calculator, glossary, and a locator to find the nearest forest office et cetera.
  • This app clearly specifies the tree-crop relationship, by which the farmer can supplement his income. The details of inter crops and the inter-cropping models are also provided in the Treepedia app.
  • The App is bilingual (English and Tamil) to reach a wider population range in Tamil Nadu

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Horticulture
  • Ecology
  • Forestry

Awards & recognitions


Recipient of Dr Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance

Other interesting highlights

Tamil Nadu state government under the scheme Tamil Nadu Innovative Initiatives funded this project and the Tamil Nadu Forest Department supported Sudha Ramen by all means to complete this project.


Chennai Metropolitan Area

Videos

Treepedia app is here to solve doubts related to trees!

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Know more about the people behind this

Fond of gardening? Check out Treepedia app for everything on native trees : The article talks about how the app will be useful for those staying in urban regions.

Boosting Productivity & Saving Dying Plants: IFS Officer Builds App to Aid TN Farmers! : The article explores Sudha Ramen's journey and challenges in developing the android application.

S‘tree’ Shakti: Why The Treepedia App From TN Woman Forester Needs To Grow Into A Pan-India Outlook For Jal Shakti : The article delves into the scope of the application for commoners and ecology experts in an urban region.

Grow your trees in Tamil Nadu with android application : The article talks about the different available schemes for tree plantation.

Make a visit to get a first-hand experience

Sudha Ramen - LinkedIn : For more information regarding the application, you can contact Sudha Ramen through LinkedIn.

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Purchase the product/solution

Tamil Nadu Treepedia - Google Play Store : You can download the application from Google Play Store.

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Indra Terrace Garden : Indra Terrace Garden helps beginners set up gardens at their independent houses/apartment complexes.

Organic Farmers Market : This is a platform run by a group of organic farmers who aim to spread awareness on safe food technological input, transparency and traceability in current organic farming practises.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University : They have different departments and research stations in agricultural sciences. You can contact them for more information regarding the services they offer.

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