Farmer is who feeds the world. Imagine if a farmer being able to track of livestock remotely, using a mobile phone or being a able to check soil quality before sowing or getting timely weather information that helps to protect crops. Because these are the important factors for any farmer to get good productivity.
Such a scenario may not be too far away given the advent of the 5G mobile communication standard and artificial intelligence enabled Internet of things , which agritech startups are using to provide solutions o farmers and bring business and scale to agriculture in India.
Such agritech startups are set to play a dominant role in disseminating information to farmers and maximising their profits in the near future, experts predict. However growth in this sector will be spurred only with a strong financial inclusion policy, faster data penetration and more government support in terms of funding , industry officials said.
Smartbell is an animal health monitoring solutions company founded by Veena Adityan and Jose Chitty which has developed sensors that con be mounted on the ears to monitor the movement and locations of cattle and their health.
About 705 of the cattle in India are affected by preventable diseases, said the UK based company. Smartbell devices can also be connected to large cooperative dairy producerd and cattle insurance companies.
Many startups in the remote agri-service business were perhaps inspired by the government’s DigiGoan campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which aims to digitally connect every village and educate every rural citizen about the significance if Digital India.
Cropin is a startup backed by Chiratae Ventures and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Strategic Investment Fund, has raised $12 million so far. It is an Earth Observation & AI led Ag Tech organization that empowers the farming community to “Re – imagine Agriculture with Data”. CropIn is focused on helping the worlds ag – ecosystem players to sustainably “maximize their per acre value” by combining pixel level data derived from satellite imagery, in combination with IoT and field intelligence. CropIn is positioned to engage in a multi -disciplinary approach towards AI, Earth Observation, Agriculture, Meteorology and Computer Sciences, all collaborating together to bring meaningful insight to improve the ag-ecosystem and impact the livelihood of farmer.
CropIn has digitized over 13 million acres of farm land, enriched the lives of nearly 4 million farmers, and gathered data on 338 crops and over 9500 crop varieties. CropIn has 92% and over 9,500 crop varieties. CropIn has 92% score on adaptability, over 98% client retention rate.
Whirlyd a Maharastra based startup works on curbing post harvest losses. It provides farm management solutions and soil and meteorological sensing as well as real – tome and customised farmer advisory services.
India ranked 102 in Global Hunger Index (GHI) in 2019 and more importantly ranks 72 out of 113 countries in the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) because of poor post -harvest management of food which leads to loss of availability of food to the end consumer.
A repot by Down to Earth magazine pointed out that Indian farmers incur Rs 92,651 crore in post- harvest losses annually, the primary causes of which are poor storage and transportation facilities.
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