Indian farmers rely on each other for guidance on the type of seeds to use, diagnosis of pests and diseases as well as their remedies. Timely assessment of problems on the field can improve yields and therefore incomes for the smallest of farmers.The solution envisages using the “wisdom of the crowds”- the creation of a crowd-sourced database which is created for the farmers by the farmers. In the ideal situation farmers will be able to login to see information that other farmers have inputted.
Today, there is a total lack of information on where our food is coming from, who is growing it and what is being applied to it. A farm to fork traceability system can help eliminate the complete lack of transparency that exists starting with the creation of a farmer id and profile, farm record that will contain what chemicals and fertilisers he has used in addition to location details and sale details of every transaction. This will help diagnose the root cause of farm related problems.
Cotton picking is completely manual in India. Because of increasing labour costs, cost of picking cotton has increased substantially. It is about 40-50% of total crop management cost and accounts for 15 to 20% of gross income.Mechanised picking is cost effective & better than hand-picking since the latter can lead to contamination.What we want is a Small machine that can pick minimum 150-200 Kg cotton per day from cotton plants.