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Innovating Hemp Cultivation In The Era Of AgTech

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Cannabis or hemp is currently one of the most debated and equally sought-after commodities around the globe. Known by a thousand different names including marijuana in different parts of the world, the legality of this plant has been contended in various countries since the early 19th century.

Presently, cannabis is fully legalized in Uruguay and Canada (since 2013 and 2018 respectively), while many other countries have followed their footsteps and brought about selective regulations for the various uses of cannabis, viz industrial, medicinal and recreational.

 

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The legal status of recreational cannabis across the world.
Source: Wikipedia

In a few countries such as the United States and India, the use of cannabis for specific purposes has been made legal in only some regions. Although the US federal law declared cannabis as illegal for any purpose except for research programs approved by the FDA, medical cannabis is permitted in 33 US states, the District of Columbia (D.C.), and 4 U.S. territories with doctor’s recommendation, whereas eleven states, D.C., and two US territories consider the recreational use of cannabis legal. In India, the state of Uttarakhand is the first in the country to legalize the commercial cultivation of the non-narcotic hemp crop for industrial purposes.

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Crop Management Made Efficient Using Smart Farming Technology

On the grounds that the cultivation, sale, and consumption of cannabis is legal for specific uses in only some parts of the world, keeping a sharp eye on each of these processes becomes highly critical, right from farming all the way until it reaches the consumer. Such meticulous levels of close observation and supply-chain monitoring are now made feasible and highly productive with the application of modern technology.

Cropin, a global leader in providing innovative AgTech solutions, facilitates the digitalization of the entire production and supply chain for increased efficiency and transparency from farm to shelf.

Cropin’s innovative use of modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, remote sensing, and cloud computing has revolutionized agriculture in more ways than what was earlier considered possible. Today, Cropin’s engine powers agribusinesses, government entities, and other not-for-profit organizations to achieve significant optimization of farm and business operations.

Closely Monitor Farm Activities

Cropin’s SmartFarm is an end-to-end farm management solution that facilitates field staff to schedule, implement and monitor farm practices for over 380 crops and 3660+ crop varieties. The highly configurable application enables users to key in a specific package of practices (PoP) for each crop variety as recommended by agronomists, and audit farm activities as and when completed. This feature is an added bonus for organic hemp cultivators, to make sure that farm practices are in agreement with the regulations. Being a multi-stakeholder cloud platform, Cropin allows key players in the management hierarchy to remotely monitor these farm activities and derive actionable insights in real time.

In addition, Cropin leverages weather and satellite-imagery-based data to provide accurate forecasts that aid in sustainable, climate-smart farming and risk mitigation. Furthermore, the AI-driven platform SmartRisk, provides crop health analysis and yield forecast that enables the management team to arrive at intelligent business decisions.

Empower Farmers With The Best Agricultural Practices

Cropin serves as the foremost technology-backed extension tool for farmer education. Its user-oriented and user-friendly features allow businesses to standardize operations and transfer them to growers precisely as required with the help of field staff. Configuring these practices in the smart farming platform makes certain that the management team and the farmers are on the same page, and that farmers are aware of the best practices for the cultivation of cannabis as per regulations.

In addition, Cropin’s two-way farmer-engagement app, AcreSquare provides a direct communication channel between businesses and cultivators, to enrich and empower farmers with knowledge that supports enhanced agricultural productivity.

 

Experience The Potential Of Traceability

The legality of cannabis and the stringent regulations imposed on its import and export call for transparency in its supply chain. This is necessary not only to validate the origin of the produce but also to ensure it meets quality standards, particularly in the case of medical marijuana. Countries like the US require a phytosanitary certification to confirm the absence of plant pests when importing hemp seeds, although Federal law still prohibits the importation of products containing THC including marijuana.

By providing a digital footprint of cannabis as a result of the data collected right from sowing, Cropin allows traders to ascertain the origin and authenticity of the procured cannabis, exactly to the farmland where it was cultivated. It also provides a concise report of its production, including the seed variety, details of crop protection activities, application of fertilizers and other agrochemicals, lab reports, and alerts raised and resolved if any during its crop cycle.

Traceability of the produce is particularly beneficial to produce designated for medical purposes as it establishes the quality of the cannabis, and aids in data-backed certification.

Learn more about how Cropin can enhance hemp cultivation with the use of smart farming technologies. Schedule a free demo with our Solutions Expert today.

 


 

Disclaimer: Cropin is solely a provider of agritech solutions for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis as set forth by the governing law of each region, and does not endorse the illegal and unauthorized use of cannabis in any form.

 

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