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Quality & innovation to frame the growth of food processing industry

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The food processing industry in India is increasingly seen as a potential source for driving the rural economy as it brings about synergy between the consumer, industry and the farmer. A well-developed food processing industry can increase farm gate prices, reduce wastage, ensure value addition, promote crop diversification and increase export earnings. However, food processing activity is still at a nascent stage in India with low penetration. The challenges for the food processing sectors are diverse and demanding and need to be addressed on several fronts to derive market benefits. Food industry is facing technical and economic changes owing to society, consumption trends and food processing. This fact has affected significantly the entire food supply chain (e.g. distribution of food to...

How AI and ML is Set to Transform Healthcare and Agriculture in India

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When the whole world seems to come to a standstill because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sectors that have become extremely critical are agriculture and healthcare. Agriculture is the backbone of any economy, and it has become all the more important during this crisis to keep the global food supply chain running smoothly to ensure that there is no food crisis. On the other hand, the healthcare sector is the most stressed out sector right now that is working hard to ensure the health and safety of the population. While technology has played a critical role in ensuring business continuity across various sectors, let us take a look at how the latest technologies like AI and ML are set to transform these two critical industries. AI in Agriculture The food crisis has plagued the world for l...

Agriculture and Emerging Technologies – Made for Each Other

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Agriculture and Emerging Technologies – The Two Diversities (Social, Mobility, Analytics, AI, Cloud, IoT, Blockchain, Big Data, AR/VR) Agriculture as a subject and Agriculture Ministry is quite diverse in terms of its coverage & composition. The stakeholders under ‘Agriculture’ are too many and too diverse in nature. Agriculture is a subject, everyone in the Country is directly and/or indirectly connected and relates to. Agriculture & allied sectors (Agriculture) contributing around 15% to GDP, and around 50% population dependent upon Agriculture. The Agriculture contribution to GDP has been going south over years. This is quite a serious concern; however, it calls for disruptive transformation on yesterday basis with most urgency to keep Agriculture relevant. It is not a matter of...

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...

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