Nano Ganesh allows smallholder farmers across two Indian states to remotely turn their irrigation pumps on and off using their mobile phones. This GSM mobile-based remote control system, exclusively for use with water pump sets in agricultural areas, makes it possible for farmers to control the pumps from any distance; check an availability of power supply at the pump end; recognize whether the water pump is on or off; and, in some models, get alerts through calls if there is a theft attempt of the cable or pump.

The need for Nano Ganesh arose from the routine problems faced by farmers in operating irrigation pumps. In India and other parts of the developing world, a farmer may have to travel miles to turn on a water pump, and stay on the farm until irrigation is complete before returning—at any hour of the day, often late at night or early in the morning. There are fluctuations in power supply, difficult terrains, weather hazards, and other challenges.

Nano Ganesh requires a mobile connection and phone, along with a mobile modem that attaches to the starter on the irrigation pump. Using the phone, an assigned code number switches the pump’s starter off and on, and a particular tone signals the off/on status of the pump and the electrical supply at the pump location. Currently, there are over 10,000 installations across the operational states in India. The application was developed by Ossian Agro Automation.