IIT-Guwahati students’ start-up develops multi-lingual app for farmers

AgSpert, an agri-tech startup, co-founded by the students of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati along with the alumni of National Institute of Technology Silchar and Dibrugarh University, has developed AgSpeak, a multi-lingual smartphone application for farmers to manage their farms and monitor distress activities
IIT-Guwahati students’ start-up develops multi-lingual app for farmers
AgSpert teamTNT photo

GUWAHATI:

AgSpert, an agri-tech startup, co-founded by the students of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) along with the alumni of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Silchar and Dibrugarh University, has developed AgSpeak, a multi-lingual smartphone application for farmers to manage their farms and monitor distress activities.

Developed to optimise in-farm productivity through artificial intelligence (AI), the application will help farmers decide and manage farm activities with the click of a button on their smartphone or computer.

T. G. Sitharam, Director IIT Guwahati, launched the newly developed application on December 13.

A farmer displays the app on his smartphone.
A farmer displays the app on his smartphone.TNT photo

Currently, a self-funded start-up, AgSpert is leading the initiative in North-Eastern India, which has untapped potential with diverse ecosystems having agriculture as the major economic activity.

The developed application is multi-lingual and has an option of Assamese as well. This feature is a first among all the agri-tech applications available in the market.

“Driven by hyper-local crop data coming from satellite and smart IoT (Internet of Things) devices, AgSpeak considers up to 20 local crop parameters which are key indicators of their health like temperature, rainfall, sunlight hours, soil health status, among others, to alert farmers about probable crop threats in advance and suggest best practices to tackle the incoming threat, hence optimising the resources used and maximising productivity,” a statement issued by IIT-G here on Tuesday, said.

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The app along with the IoT hardware has been tested for the past three months with 500 farmers and two tea estates.

“Some breakthroughs by the algorithm were a precise prediction of blight (disease) in potatoes, tea mosquito bug along with water stress in winter crops. These are major reasons of woes to farmers and small tea growers of Assam and cause crop damage if not controlled in time,” the statement said.

Major commercial users of the product include commercial plantation farms (tea, lemon orchards, grape vineyards).

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)

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