Welcome to the era of smart farming


New tech is revolutionising agriculture. Farmers can now rely on AI models that predict the best time to sow, use drones to map crop-health and rent tractors on Uber-style apps
In Andhra Pradesh's Devanakonda mandal in Kurnool district, farmers look to the sky for rain to nourish their groundnut and cotton crops. Their landholdings are just two to three acres, and most depend on gut feel and experience to decide when to sow.

Last year, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the Andhra Pradesh government and Microsoft partnered to add technology to the mix.Microsoft used its Azure cloud platform to study 40 years of data on weather patterns, soil conditions and more, built a modelling framework with ICRISAT, applied machine learning technologies, and started sending SMS advisories on sowing to farmers.

Cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, and powerful communication and collaboration tools -all of which today come at low costs -are enabling societies to gather and analyse large volumes of data in ways that were impossible before, and deliver critical and useful information to the least privileged. In agriculture, education and healthcare, technology has the potential to transform lives and a number of companies are taking the first step.....Read more

 

Source web page:Times of India


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