A new version of Fisher Friend Mobile App released with new features
A new version of Fisher Friend Mobile Application that aims to support lives and livelihoods of marine fishing communities across India is now available. The updated version has the option for fishermen to view the changes of path in colour-coded based on distance covered by them in sea (0-Blue, 50%- Yellow, 75%- Green, 100%- Destination) under GPS feature. A black box will be displayed at top of GPS page in new version which has various features like Latitude/Longitude, Speed and Bearing.
The Fisher Friend Mobile Application (FFMA) developed by MSSRF with support of Qualcomm and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) released this 4.9 version with enhancement of GPS in the application recently. The application has been developed to help small scale fishers respond to climate change by introducing adaptive capacities and providing access to scientific information and early warnings.
In the current version, Pop up message has been enabled in fisher friend. It will be used to convert long messages in shorter form for the benefit of Fisherfolks. The users of FFMA can learn the features of application through an audio option already available in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. Now, the Kannada language has also been added in New Version.
FFMA is currently available in nine languages, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Odiya, Bangla and English covering eight coastal states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Kerala, Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka,Gujarat and Goa. Currently, it is being used by 79,000 fishers across 592 villages 59 coastal districts across these states and actively promoted on the field.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.