Data-driven insights derived from ground and satellite-based intelligence enable a scientific method of cultivation that is beyond the vagaries of nature. But to make sustainable and scientific agriculture a success, it needs to touch the most important link in the chain – the humble farmer.
Agriculture technology has helped farmers in developed countries improve productivity and enhance the quality of their produce. However, its impact in developing countries is nascent because of the inherent challenges of such economies. Aspects such as fragmented landholdings and lack of farmer awareness make it difficult for smart agriculture to penetrate into such countries. It is why the government and advisory bodies in developing countries are increasingly relying on data-driven intelligence to enhance farmer livelihoods and encourage sustainable agriculture that is both reliable and more productive.
Massive advancements and opportunities for agriculture technology have changed the way we cultivate and consume food. Digitisation of farmers in developing countries is a herculean task, but the government and developmental agencies are on a mission to educate farmers about the need to move away from traditional agriculture and adopt a more scientific method of cultivation.
Traditionally crop cutting experiments (CCE) have relied on manual methods of data collection and analysis that are not just laborious but far from accurate. Using CropIn’s deep-learning solution SmartRisk® has helped governments and agricultural bodies conduct accurate CCEs on a large-scale level, saving time and resources.
Unlike developed countries that are characterised by large fields and organised agriculture, adopting digital agriculture in developing countries is fraught with challenges. Smaller fragmented landholdings make scientific cultivation a challenging ordeal logistically. This also affects the impact of government-sponsored developmental schemes and programs that sometimes do not reach the farmers. Putting every farmer on the digital map ensures that there is end-to-end traceability, not just for the crops but also for the government schemes, so they benefit the right people. This, in turn, also promotes sustainable livelihoods for smallholder and marginalised farmers.
Large-scale digitisation improves the efficacy of government initiatives generating an impact throughout the agricultural value chain. However, the greatest need of the hour is to empower farmers with timely intelligence about smarter, more sustainable cultivation methods that maximise output. Additionally, showcasing the impact of scientific cultivation at the field level through agriculture technology helps win farmer trust making smart farming a worldwide movement.
CropIn’s collaboration with government bodies across geographies has digitally-enabled several thousands of smallholder farms in developing nations. The digitisation of farm activities has facilitated them to increase their yields sustainably and consequently earn a better margin on the sale of their produce. CropIn’s platform also empowers government entities to remotely monitor the progress of the farmers and to design and implement schemes or programs that can further enhance farmer livelihoods.
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