Chameleon Soil Moisture Sensor

Dr. Richard Stirzaker

Chameleon Soil Moisture Sensor is an instrument which measures water level and moisture content of soil to help farmers to know when to irrigate.

Product description Brand name and product description

The Chameleon Field Reader and Sensor Starter Kit is a prototype sensor designed to increase water management techniques for smallholder irrigators on their farms. Applications of the Chameleon sensor include providing information on when to irrigate to avoid water stress, how to avoid water-logging, determining when the profile is susceptible to fertilizer leaching, and improving the usefulness of rainfall. This sensor can also help farmers determine where the roots are actively taking up water giving farmers insight on when to irrigate and how much water to apply. The kit includes a field reader, sensor array, connector, and battery charging cable.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research helps facilitate and fund this agricultural project. CSIRO oversees distribution of the product.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The kit is currently priced at $210; however, this product is still in the prototype phase and prices will be lower once commercialized.Interview with representative

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Conventional tensiometers.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 2: improve food security by reducing crop loss associated with improper irrigation techniques.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Farmers in resource poor settings.

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