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By satyamkapoor |Email | Dec 15, 2017 | 19113 Views

Artificial intelligence is about to revamp the way farming is done in the country in the coming years. AI solutions promise to give valuable inputs to farmers & other stakeholders about different processes, right from sowing to harvesting & then in post-harvest.

They will help give them heads up about likelihood of rain, attack of pests, outbreak of diseases & even soil health condition. An individual farmer will be provided with customized data based on his/her specific crop using satellite images & sensors on balloons that will gather information from the field.

A tie up has taken place between Microsoft & International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) with the aim to develop a system that is designed specifically for farmers of countries like India. Moreover, Tech Mahindra plans to have a team of 1,000 employees for focusing exclusively on its agricultural initiative.

ICRISAT & Microsoft tie-up
Microsoft & ICRISAT piloted a solution in 14 districts in Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh where over 3,000 farmers took part. They now plan to scale up this experiment and cover around 10,000 farmers in the coming year. The Indian environment is cost-sensitive with small holdings. Microsoft, therefore plans to use tethered balloons for taking pictures of farms in order to gather information about the soil & the crop. Using these pictures, tailored advice will be given to farmers who have registered for the program.

A senior official of ICRISAT said, ‚??We don‚??t bombard the farmers with a plethora of messages. We keep the messages very short and space them out over days. If you send them more, they might lose interest.‚??

Hyderabad based ICRISAT is taking care of the implementation details of this initiative. They demonstrated the solution to a group of journalists during the two-day Microsoft Media Days. A Microsoft official was quoted saying, ‚??We will cover the entire crop cycle from the days of planning for the season, to sowing and then selling.‚??

On the other hand, Tech Mahindra has developed a solar-powered portable unit called Farm Guru to help farmers from the time of sowing, through the cropping season & then to the post-harvest phase.
The mobile unit is likely to be priced around Rs. 30,000. It gets inputs from sensors & then sends them to the back office for processing. It then gets back to the farmers with the relevant advice. Tech Mahindra showcased the unit at the Mission Innovation (MI-18) which is their annual innovations event.

Tech Mahindra plans to deploy 1,000 HR
Subrahmanyam Sista, Chief Engineer (Integrated Engineering Solutions) says, ‚??The information gathered from various sensors will help farmers generate actionable insights in the preparation of soil, sowing, crop management, harvest and post-harvest‚??

CP Gurnani, Tech Mahindra‚??s Managing Director & Chief Executive Office is visibly excited about the opportunities for their company on the agricultural front. He said, ‚??You have to have such technological help for farmers keeping in view the farming conditions in the country. We are going to have about 1,000 people in our initiative that is focused on agricultural solutions.‚??

Source: HOB Team