IIT Guwahati students’ startup ‘develops’ multilingual app for farmers to manage crops

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Students of IIT Guwahati and alumni of NIT Silchar and Dibrugarh Universities in Assam have developed a multi-lingual smartphone software, AgSpeak, for farmers to manage their crops.

The agri-tech start-up which is free for small farmers has been developed with the purpose of optimising in-farm productiveness via Artificial Intelligence (AI), a press launch issued by IIT, Guwahati stated.

This software will assist the farmers in making selections and managing farm actions by the clicking of a single button on their smartphone or laptop.

IIT Director Prof T G Sitharam stated that it’s a matter of immense delight that “our students are working to bring out a state-of-the-art technology for the farmers of our country”.

‘AgSpeak’ is multilingual and has an possibility of Assamese and this function is a primary amongst all of the agri-tech functions accessible available in the market, the discharge stated.

The software considers up to 20 native crop parameters that are key indicators of their well being like temperature, rainfall, daylight hours, soil well being standing, amongst others, to alert farmers about possible crop threats upfront and counsel greatest practices to sort out the issues, therefore optimising the sources used and maximising productiveness.

The app together with the Internet of Things (IOT) {hardware} has been examined for the previous three months with 500 farmers and two tea estates and among the main breakthroughs had been exact prediction about blights in potoatoes, tea mosquito bug together with water stress in winter crops that are a serious concern for farmers and might trigger main crop damages, if not managed in time, the discharge stated.

Nearly 250 farmers have already been supplied fingers on coaching in utilising the complete potential of the app and its person friendliness and multilingual options make it extraordinarily simple for farmers to use.

Major industrial customers of the product embody industrial plantation farms like tea gardens, lemon orchards and grape vineyards.

AgSpeak is free for small farmers and there’s a system for in-app purchases like soil testing and agri-doctor session. Besides, the IOT gadgets could be rented on month-to-month /yearly foundation by industrial farms to additional improve precision farm administration, the discharge stated.

The start-up has been co-founded by Siddhartha Bora (NIT Silchar alumnus), Manik Mittal (IIT Guwahati scholar), Akash Sharma (IIT Guwahati scholar), Nitin Chauhan (IIT Guwahati scholar), Dhritiman Talukdar (NIT Silchar alumnus), and Kookil Pran Goswami (Dibrugarh University alumnus).

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