A Cloud Application for Smart Agricultural Irrigation Management System

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يونس, مصطفى محمد
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An-Najah National University
Agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the Palestinian economy and it is the main consumer of fresh water. It is the broadest economic sector and plays an important role in the economic development of any nation. Several factors have a major impact on agriculture activities includes water availability, soil type, climate condition, fertilizers, and diseases. In conventional farming, farmers have to make decisions about all these factors. This include: what to grow, how to use the irrigation schedule, the type of fertilizers, and the best method to control pest and diseases. Farmer’s decisions are based solely upon their experience, which can result in wasting valuable resources such as water, fertilizers, time, labor, etc. Furthermore, conventional farming experience can result in growing plants that are not the most suitable for a particular soil and climate, which can cause less yield and profit. In this thesis, we provide a cloud-based software application that is (combined with IoT devices) able to automates the irrigation schedule based on information obtained from agricultural experts and environmental data collected from the field by using sensors technology through Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). The application can easily be extended to automate fertilization as well as provide recommendation for weed and pest control.