@article{(Open Science Index):https://publications.waset.org/pdf/9999860,
	  title     = {Design and Development of an Efficient and Cost-Effective Microcontroller-Based Irrigation Control System to Enhance Food Security},
	  author    = {Robert A. Sowah and  Stephen K. Armoo and  Koudjo M. Koumadi and  Rockson Agyeman and  Seth Y. Fiawoo},
	  country	= {},
	  institution	= {},
	  abstract     = {The development of the agricultural sector in Ghana
has been reliant on the use of irrigation systems to ensure food
security. However, the manual operation of these systems has not
facilitated their maximum efficiency due to human limitations.
This paper seeks to address this problem by designing and
implementing an efficient, cost effective automated system which
monitors and controls the water flow of irrigation through
communication with an authorized operator via text messages. The
automatic control component of the system is timer based with an
Atmega32 microcontroller and a real time clock from the SM5100B
cellular module. For monitoring purposes, the system sends periodic
notification of the system on the performance of duty via SMS to the
authorized person(s). Moreover, the GSM based Irrigation
Monitoring and Control System saves time and labour and reduces
cost of operating irrigation systems by saving electricity usage and
conserving water.
Field tests conducted have proven its operational efficiency and
ease of assessment of farm irrigation equipment due to its costeffectiveness
and data logging capabilities.
	    journal   = {International Journal of Electrical and Information Engineering},
	  volume    = {8},
	  number    = {8},
	  year      = {2014},
	  pages     = {1350 - 1357},
	  ee        = {https://publications.waset.org/pdf/9999860},
	  url   	= {https://publications.waset.org/vol/92},
	  bibsource = {https://publications.waset.org/},
	  issn  	= {eISSN: 1307-6892},
	  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
	  index 	= {Open Science Index 92, 2014},