Sharathkumar Nair

Sharath switched to journalism after working for 8 years in the IT sector. Fresh out of J-school, IIJNM, he joins The Ken as a Staff Writer. Anything and everything about technology excite him. When not working on a story, he spends his time reading tech novels and watching sci-fi series. He can be reached at Sharath at the rate the-ken.com

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The Fasal challenge: Getting big data to small farmers

Thanks for your feedback, Mohan. A product like Fasal is definitely beyond the reach of the average farmer as of now. But there are affordable solutions for small and mid-size farmers provided by startups like LeanAgri. While there are farmers who reel under debts, the main reason being lack of knowledge or instinct based approach towards farming which stops them from using the resources available at hand wisely and achieving the maximum output from their farms. Products like Fasal are targetting a creamy layer of the farming community. At the same time, they are working on reducing the hardware cost to bring more farmers with smaller land holdings onboard. Fruits and vegetables that grow over shorter duration require more inputs in terms of diseases, pests, and rainfall compared to wheat or rice. The scope for a product like Fasal is more in the horticulture segment when compared with cereals or pulses.

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The Fasal challenge: Getting big data to small farmers

The focus of the story is how startups in India like Fasal and LeanAgri are leveraging technologies such as IoT and ML algorithms to improve per acre yield. Fasal only caters to horticulture farmers at the moment by providing them with microclimate data that exists on their farm. Both government and private entities will have to work in synergy to solve the myriad of problems faced by Indian farmers. Completely agree with your point on more hands are needed on deck to solve the problems in agriculture. More and more startups have to get involved in fixing issues involved in pre-harvest, supply chain and enabling better market reach for the produce. Providing hyper-localized solutions is the key to solve the issues of the Indian farmer. Really appreciate your valuable feedback here, Ujjval.

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