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World First Soil Intelligence System for Fertilizer detection using Patented IoT+AI system.

Predicting excessive fertilizer from soil using optical intelligence for small size farmers to improve crop yield and avoid crop waste.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Sensegrass Inc

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Institute of Agriculture Research Corfo, Chile

Website of Legally Registered Entity

http://www.sensegrass.com/

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Noida, New Delhi NCR, India

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

India

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Daloda District in Indore city in state of Madhya Pradesh a city of more than 4 Million small to mid-size farmers, 328 Km2

What country is your selected Place located in?

India

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Daloda district is the most crucial area for farming in Indore in state of Madhya Pradesh which is also known as the highest producer of crops in India but also known by the highest number of suicides of farmers due to climate change, crop loss and low yield, I am from neighbour state of Uttar Pradesh and came from farming background, I have seen the problem since childhood. Every year hundreds of farmers suicide due to several reasons and financial loss and I decided to start this main pilot from here for this program.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Daloda Tehsil of Mandsaur district has total population of 109,572 as per the Census 2011. Out of which 55,436 are males while 54,136 are females. In 2011 there were total 22,786 families residing in Daloda Tehsil. The Average Sex Ratio of Daloda Tehsil is 977. As per Census 2011 out of total population, 6.4% people lives in Urban areas while 93.6% lives in the Rural areas. The average literacy rate in urban areas is 75.7% while that in the rural areas is 74.2%. Also the Sex Ratio of Urban areas in Daloda Tehsil is 979 while that of Rural areas is 976. The population of Children of age 0-6 years in Daloda Tehsil is 13609 which is 12% of the total population. There are 7054 male children and 6555 female children between the age 0-6 years. Thus as per the Census 2011 the Child Sex Ratio of Daloda Tehsil is 929 which is less than Average Sex Ratio ( 977 ) of Daloda Tehsil. The total literacy rate of Daloda Tehsil is 74.3%. The male literacy rate is 77.22% and the female literacy rate is 52.64% in Daloda Tehsil. Sex Ratio - Daloda Tehsil The Sex Ratio of Daloda Tehsil is 977 . Thus for every 1000 men there were 977 females in Daloda Tehsil. Also as per Census 2011, the Child Sex Ration was 929 which is less than Average Sex Ratio ( 977 ) of Daloda Tehsil. Child Population - Daloda Tehsil According to Census 2011, there were 13,609 children between age 0 to 6 years in Daloda Tehsil. Out of which 13,609 were male while 13,609 were female. Urban/Rural Population - Daloda Tehsil As per Census 2011, there are total 1,355 families under Daloda Tehsil living in urban areas while 1,355 families are living within Rural areas. Thus around 6.4% of total population of Daloda Tehsil lives in Urban areas while 93.6% lives under Rural areas. Population of children (0 - 6 years) in urban region is 911 while that in rural region is 12,698. Working Population - Daloda Tehsil In Dalida Tehsil out of the total population, 60,547 were engaged in work activities. 78% of workers describe their work as Main Work (Employment or Earning more than 6 Months) while 22% were involved in Marginal activity providing a livelihood for less than 6 months. Of 60,547 workers engaged in Main Work, 26,488 were cultivators (owner or co-owner) while 14,745 were Agricultural labourer.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

109572

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

The utmost importance of the agriculture can be assessed by this quotation. Sustainable development requires a major contribution from agriculture. Agriculture is the core competence of Madhya Pradesh.Though agriculture sector provides 80 percent of the employment but its contribution to states GDP is only 35 percent. Thus the poverty in this sector is obvious. The irrigation is critical for Madhya Pradesh, about one third of the state’s sown area is currently having irrigation facilities, and the rest 70% is rainfed and irrigation is substantially below the national average. The Madhya Pradesh is represented by 11 Agro Climatic Zones (ACZs) which makes the state very unique in term of rich agro biodiversity and traditions. As such there is a blend of constraints and opportunities in this sector which provides a chance to convert all this into strength by making agriculture a reliable source of sustainable development. Although Madhya Pradesh has diversified its cropping systems substantially, there remains scope for intensification and further diversification of agriculture to horticulture and other value crops. The following are the issues and concerns on agriculture productivity and food security in rural Madhya Pradesh There is knowledge deficit in agriculture among the farmers in Madhya Pradesh. The inefficient agricultural extension system has resulted in wide gap between research and knowledge implementation. Farmers are not fully aware of the adverse consequences of unbalanced fertilizer use or of benefits of micronutrient application. Soil testing to determine optimal nutrient requirements is hardly practiced on a regular basis by State Agriculture Department. Similarly, although many new varieties of seeds and pesticides have entered the market during the last decade and farmers are using these, they do not appear to have significantly higher productivity and there are frequent complaints about quality. Long term growth depends critically upon technological progress and steps are therefore needed to strengthen agricultural research. Usually farmers adopt new and untried technology, and increase input intensities, they also face larger risks. These risks are often not well understood owing to lack of knowledge of the specific requirements of new seeds and other new technology for achieving productivity gains. The National Commission on Farmers (NCF) has also drawn attention to the knowledge deficit which constrains agricultural productivity. To overcome this, farmers need effective links to universities and best practices. A good extension system is the means for achieving this linkage but unfortunately the extension system has virtually collapsed in the state, partly as a result of constrains on non-plan expenditure. Krishi Vigyan Kendras set up by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), have very little interaction with the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) model of extension being

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

We are on a mission to provide farmers with a more sustainable farming option. Climate change affects agriculture drastically by changes in average temperature, rainfall, Co2 emission and increase pesticide in the soil which leads to a huge effect on Farmers that results in loss of crops, low crop yield etc.Agriculture is most dominant industry in our addressable market, Overall Agriculture industry is the largest industry in the world, Morethan 2 Trillion USD market if we estimated in Developing nation with only in India its more than 873 B USD, Huge, untouched market which really need Impact innovation. We are solving one of the global issues of farmers to know about the soil and crops condition to get real-time that help them in better decision making. Being the largest occupation in the rural sector with over 550 M small to mid-size farmers, Agriculture is always lack of innovation and outdated, more than half of the percentage of farmers live with a daily income of less than 40 USD with an average area of farms of 2 hectares or less which need an innovation that help them to grow well with a technology innovation. 


Agriculture is one of the largest industries and more than 68% of global population somehow to involve in agriculture but despite all, this is one of the traditional industry due to lack of technology, untrained farmers and climate change effect on agriculture, As per UN reports by 2040 world resources won't be able to feed the 1/3 of global population due to crop loss and low crop yield. We are on a mission to provide farmers with a more sustainable farming option which is easy to implement and affordable while innovative and effective in results to tackle agricultural issues. Climate change affects agriculture drastically by changes in average temperature, rainfall, Co2 emission

and increase pesticide in the soil which leads a huge effect on Farmers that results in loss of crops, low crop yield etc and that's the global population we trying to solve no matter if it's India or France or Africa it's a common agriculture problem. Apart from social Impact. 

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Every year around 3400 Farmers suicide in India and Approximately 228 M globally small farmers facing the issue of crop waste due to climate change and soil infertility because they have no tools for their such small farms to get soil health data. 

As a Social Enterprise Environmental and Financial Impact is our main key metric to measure our success and bigger impact is our primary mission and to measure our Impact we following two methods- Primary Assessment Quantitative method and B- Assessment through conglomerate. We have to create two core impacts- Environmental and Financial which is highly aligned with our core business values and model. Environmental Impact- As a Food and Agtech company our core value of the company is to create environmental impact by reducing fertilizers in soil, reduce Co2 Consumption, More yield, saving soil destruction, etc and making agriculture more sustainable and we measuring through our Analytic method and Assessment method using the tools to analyze and measure how much fertilizers we reducing and improvement in crop yield, etc. So far our pilots and beta users study in the ground which compares to traditional governments labs and competitions show the following results-

43% Accuracy in our data prediction

24% Crop yield increase

13% Reduction in Ground pesticide



Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

We making smart soil the solution for fertilizer management and detect crop diseases to increase crop yield with water control tools for small farms through smart IoT and AI. We are developing the worlds first IoT + AI interface technology for the farmers. Implemented with the Nano-Satellite Image mapping, we are making agriculture more precise through nanosatellite field images for farms with accurate precision farming through smart ground sensors for small farms. Also, our inhouse Smart soil sensing will coverage and accurate data surveillance under and above the soil. We are making world-first smart soil sensor for NPK detection using our patent technology that measures more than 15-20 parameters from ground sensors including NPK) fertilizers) detection and giving solution and prediction to farmers for better decision making to get best crop yield and save money in farms. We are implementing a Machine Learning algorithm, to eliminate no human involved complete artificial intelligence analyzing of data to give precise solutions for better cropping. In the soon period we will be implanting Virtual reality to solve the plant diseases and chlorophyll content in plants.


Our aim is to developed Sensegrass solution is to impact 550 M small to mid-size farmers with a low income facing issues during day to day agriculture practice of low crop yield, crop waste and excess use of water and fertilizer. Currently, all tech solution is for corporate big farms for prediction of weather and crop yield while the real problem for farmers comes from soil health conditions which lost billions of crop waste and farmers forced to do suicide and to avoid that we develope a real-time soil intelligence system.  


Our product is a patented IoT based hardware sensor, which is most innovative hardware available in the market measure 18+ parameter from soil through the patented optical transmission technology and cellular network, which can be easily used for 360* solution at any remote part of the world without any electricity as this is powered with solar panel comes with plug and play model, doesn't require any tech support to use or implement this.  We are world-first Solar-powered wireless NPK soil sensors with Proprietary Technology (Patent Pending) using the optical transmission that detect. measure and analyze NPK, soil nutrients in real-time and AI prediction software, Implemented with the Nano-Satellite Image mapping. Our 360-degree solution is the best fit for big corporate farms to small to mid farms that comprise 72% of global farms with any kind of crops. we are making agriculture more precise through nanosatellite field images for big farms with accurate precision farming through smart ground sensors for small farms. Also, our in-house Smart soil sensing will coverage and accurate data surveillance under and above the soil. We are implementing a Machine Learning algorithm, to eliminate no human involved complete artificial intelligence analyzing of data to give precise solutions for better cropping. So far our two pilots and beta users study in the ground which compares to traditional governments labs and competitions show the following results-

43% Accuracy in our data prediction

24% Crop yield increase

43% Reduction in Ground pesticide.

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