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Indian Agriculture – Breaking Stories and Reforms

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The projected increase in world population from 7.6Bn in 2018 to 9.8Bn in 2050 has received a great deal of attention. In addition, rapid rate of urbanisation is expected in the coming years with approximately 66% of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050. Therefore 40% of water demand in 2030 is unlikely to be met, and more than 20% of arable land is already degraded. According to Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations 70 % of rural households still depend on agriculture for their livelihood, with 82% farmers being small and marginal. Despite India being the largest producer (25% of global production), consumer (27% of world consumption) and importer (14%) of pulses in the world, India has still many growing concerns. Indian agriculture has variou...

Reinventing Agriculture with Technology to survive COVID-19

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The use of technology even in the most manpower based industries like agriculture is not unknown to people for a decade. But, who ever have thought that this technology is going to save agricultural practices in today’s pandemic situation. Yes, with the proper utilization of technology in agriculture, smooth and systematic sustaining of productivity is possible even when social distancing is encouraged. Simply what technology do is give power to the hands of a single person instead of the masses that will help to avoid large gathering which is common in agricultural works. If you want to know how, just go through the content given below. At the end of this blog, you will also get information about experts who are providing free consultation related to this. How technology is helping agricu...

Smart Agriculture Methods and Strategy for Farmers

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With the human population exploding and setting new records each year,  the current generations are having to shoulder the responsibility of using available resources sparingly and wiring in cost-effective, sustainable farming practices to address the growing demands of the world. According to predictions by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, we need to boost agriculture production by 70% worldwide over the coming decades to meet the population demand that would arise in 2050. Technology integrated Agriculture Precision agriculture and smart farming involves the integration of modern technologies (like the Internet of Things and Machine Learning) into agriculture practices. It upgrades traditional agricultural practices to accelerate processes, increase efficiency, production and qu...

Automation In Indian Agribusinesses? Are You Insane?

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  When it comes to Automation and use of AI, US has always been at the forefront of all the action – including Agtech. What’s behind this agtech boom in the US? Two factors a) low availability of labour and b) high cost of labour. The hourly wage in 2012 was $12. In 2018, it jumped to $13.25.   That’s just at the farm level. For quality assessment at warehouses, US agribusiness shell out as much as $40,000 to one person. We’ve been asked, sometimes quietly bluntly, if our technology can whittle this cost. Apart from these cost pressures, factors like the consumer asking for cleaner food is changing the way agribusinesses operate further. Case in point Tortuga Agtech, who recently brought Marc Tarpenning (co-founder of Tesla) on their board, manufacture strawberry harvesting robot...

How Farming Software helps in Increasing Productivity?

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Farming has always remained a vital aspect of human evolution as it is their prime source of energy. But, with the passing of time, lots of changes have come in the techniques of farming. One of the prime changes noticed came after the introduction of technology in traditional farming methods. Farming software or apps have changed the ways in which entire farming operations are done for betterment. Now, everything from management to sales is possible to arrange and operate in one place thanks to this software. And these changes finally lead to what every farmer desired for, i.e. increased productivity. If you want to know how this has become possible, just go through the points given below. Benefits of using a Farming Software Necessary measures and practices for farm management The farm m...

How Agriculture App Development Reshaping the Years Old Trade

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Nowadays we live surrounded by technology. Whatever we do or where ever we go we all are very much dependent on technology. Technology has invaded our professional life also. In every single profession, technology has its own part. Even decades-old agriculture also has its share of technology. You might be astonished after hearing that the oldest traditional sphere is also affected by it. But the truth is agriculture app development is changing the trade of agriculture in many ways than you can probably think of a few years before. Agriculture is years old trade. Mostly human invented it due to the scarcity of foods. They started to grow their own food and keep the flow of the supply of their foods. In the past, they will trade with the help of the grains. Though those days are long gone, ...

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tata Trusts join hands to launch ‘Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations’ to identify Agritech solutions that can impact small and marginal farmers

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Up to 12 innovations will be selected to be a part of the first cohort of the India Agritech Incubation Network at IIT Kanpur 60 Agritech start-ups to be incubated over 5 years to impact 50,000 farmers Tata Trusts to provide grassroots level sandbox for pilots and implementation Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Tata Trusts have joined hands to set up the India Agritech Incubation Network (IAIN) and launch the ‘Social Alpha Quest for Agritech Innovations’. The IAIN is envisioned as a network of incubators across the country to promote innovations for smallholder farmers. The first hub for IAIN will be set up at IIT Kanpur’s Innovation and Incubation center, in collaboration with Social Alpha, Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI) and the Government of Uttar Pradesh...

Agritech In India – Emerging Trends In 2019

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NASSCOM’s report titled Agritech In India – Emerging Trends in 2019 underlines transformation and trends in the Indian Agritech Industry. The report covers emerging areas in Agritech with focus on key stakeholders and new business opportunities. Study also analysed Agritech start-up founder’s perspective on different issues. Key Findings Agritech 2018 & 2019 Highlights USD ~248 mn funding received till June 2019 Tiger Global invested USD 89 mn in Ninjacart In 2018, >60% funding to market linkage sector Key Trends Agritech Stakeholder Ecosystem Is Rapidly Maturing B2B emerging as key revenue generating segment Agritech is make in India for the world Funding on rise but investor confidence on the sector needs to improve PPP are slowly coming together Indian companies increasingly ...

Discussing agri data with Pak Regi Wahyu, HARA

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I was privileged to have good discussions with Pak Regi Wahyu about how he is trying to solve biggest problem in AgTech today. Which is data. His company HARA connects rural smallholder farmers with banks, insurance companies and input producers through data, by simply sharing the usually hard to obtain data. Within this ecosystem, good information is the basis for inclusion. Moreover, the data is crowd sourced using blockchain based token system where everyone collecting data is rewarded. This has worked brilliantly in Indonesia, and other large countries like India who are struggling with good onground data, can learn from. I Also shared my views about how Indian AgTech ecosystem is evolving with companies like CropIn, AgroStar, NinjaCart and a DigiAgri. We strongly agreed AgTech from bo...

Agritech Case Study Series: Aquaconnect

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Product Name:  FarmMOJO Name of Organization: Aquaconnect At the helm: Rajamanohar K S, CEO Year of Incorporation: 2017 Website: www.cari.org.in Core technology used: Machine learning PROJECT DETAILS 1. Tell us about your product/solution in brief. Aquaculture in India has evolved as a viable commercial farming practice with an export value of 5 billion USD and annual growth rate of 10-15%. Aquaconnect is a full-stack Aquaculture technology venture that offers data-driven farm advisory solutions and market place solutions to Shrimp and Fish farmers. Our AI powered farm advisor tool FarmMOJO helps shrimp farmers to enhance the farm productivity and thus improves the farm income up to 5%. FarmMOJO monitors the real-time production data gathered from the farms through the mobile application i...