Technology is at its best when it connects people. So why not connect those who work on acres and those who work on hours? Why not give the big data to the farmer?
It is estimated that more than 50% of Indian population work in Agriculture related actions. If there are good food processing industries in India, raw materials such as grains or meat can be converted into food for domestic and foreign consumption.
Food processing units acts as a linkage between agriculture and industries. Food processing industries can absorb a major share of workers from the agriculture sector, who face disguised unemployment. It can result in better productivity and GDP growth.
Reports indicated that Food processing averts food wastage and helps in attaining food security. Processed food requires less space for storage. Processed food can be exported. This may assist government to get foreign exchange reserves.
The Indian food processing industry has remarkable capability to grow, considering the still promising levels of processing currently. Though India’s agricultural production base is practically strong, wastage of agricultural produce is large.
Most Indian farmers are now leading a very miserable life. Industry has not thriven much in our country. Hence most of the people depend on agriculture. As a result, there has been a great pressure on land. Each cultivator has got a very small amount of land. He gets only a small income from the produce of his land. So he cannot maintain his family with that income.
For this reason, he has to run into debt. Thus we see that the farmers, as a class, are debtors. We cannot describe what miserable life they lead. They live in wretched huts. They cannot always get two meals a day. They have not even ordinary clothes to wear. When they fall ill, they cannot meet the expenses of treatment and medicine. What could be the solution? What is the root cause of this problem?
The farm to kitchen chain is going to change in India, like elsewhere, with increased agricultural production, better storage facilities, more food processing and changing consumer food preference.
In terms of market size, the Indian food market was worth $193 billion in 2016 and is expected to cross $540 billion in 2020, officials said here. The sector has been growing at the rate of 12 percent annually.
In states like Punjab, at first the Green Revolution helped the farmers a lot. But the low prices of their produce on account of bumper crops became a negative factor for them.
Why not harness tech to put a cap on these issues?
The technology that we introduced was a mobile application for virtual estimation of profit/ loss for food producing industries and farmers in suggestion with an agronomist in subscription with real-time market value api for yield estimation and notification from food producing units when demand occurs and storage hacks via phone calls.
Thermal imaging technologies for indication of development of pests growth via weather api and notification to agronomist even before. In case of infestation, the pesticides of less toxicity is suggested by agronomist and futuristic view of the land after use of pesticide and quality of the produce.
And also connecting the Farmers to the bank insurances depending on Food producing units demand and insurance for those crops.
The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.
Realizing the fact that of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals and other branches of a husbandman’s cares, we came up with this solution to enhance the noblest profession of mankind!
Written by Hanu Priya