Precision Farming, as the name implies, refers to the application of precise and correct amounts of inputs like water, fertilizers, pesticides, nutrients etc. at the correct time to the crop for increasing its productivity and maximizing its yields. Also providing the information for further analysis and future use.
The Internet of Things (IoT) based precision farming is no longer a vague futuristic vision. IoT devices already populate a wide variety of applications today for the Precision Farming. Ranging from the individual sensors for Soil Moisture & Nutrients, to SMART Irrigation, to SMART Power Management, to Disease Prediction / Control – IoT based systems have been helping to improve the farm productivity substantially.
There are constant developments & technology innovation happening in IoT that can be leveraged for the varied applications within Precision farming. Many avenues are open for the implementation for Horticulture, Rain-fed, Controlled Environment (Green house/ Poly-house), Field Crops & Special Crops etc across the agri-domains. Connected Agri-Life Science, through Deep Learning and AI / IR / VR based prediction & control for Plant Disease & Pest/Insect Attack.
India is characterized by small farms. More than 80% of total land holdings in the country are less than 2 ha (5 acres). Most crops are rain fed, with only about 45% of the land irrigated. According to some estimates, around 55% of total population of India depends on farming verses only 2% in the US because of Agri-Mechanization. Poor availability of funds, wrong choices for farm inputs, unstable price structure & support for the produce, hurdles in farm insurance, and so on; due to which most of the farming is non-remunerative and large no. of the farmers in India are in debt. This is also the main reason for a large number of farmer suicides.
Also without mechanization, in today’s society, farming is hard, back-breaking work. This has resulted in most farmers' children choosing alternate professions. Apparently, farmers get more money in selling their land than they would from farming. Therefore, it is imperative to increase farm productivity so that the shrinking farmlands can feed the billion plus people of India in the future. There is a crying need for excellence in Agri-Tech deployments, engineering innovations & research for mechanization. To design simpler and effective machinery like robots, drones and other process automation of farming practices.
Contemplating Connected Farming Systems, with the end-to-end process automation in mind using the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is no longer a dream. Coupled with the Deep Learning Platforms and IoT based Connected Systems of Systems, which can help in providing near-accurate information for decision making right from sowing to monetization. Online Connected Market Place for Demand Based Inputs as well as demand based harvesting.
Further, the technology assisted farming-as-an-enterprise approach, can help build a sustainable and commercially feasible agriculture.
The need of the hour is to bring in these technologies Innovation for mass-adoption and leveraging the various market-place agri-portal and mobile platforms for the better use of Agri-Tech in India.
Focused Areas for Agri-Tech Workshop
Why you should join?
Build the connecting Bridge: Latest engineering and technology Industry happening to be shared with the Agri Engineering Stakeholders - Colleges/ Univ, Farm Equipment companies, Funding Institutions, Research Organizations & Startups. Thus effectively provide a national platform for the collaboration by thought leaders and champions in the Agri Sector.
Agri-Tech Inclusion: The next revolution is happening; Bring in the respective stakeholders within Indian Agriculture - Policy Makers, Agri-Engg colleges/ Universities, ICRISAT, IARI, ICAR, NASSCOM, NGO, FPO & Farming Communities to the main stream of Industry 4.0.
Agri-Tech Innovation: Provide a Space for the Early Adopters of IoT in Agri-tech as part of this event, to ensure the propagation of technology and collaboration. Participants also get the rare opportunity to get their hands on happening in the Industry 4.0 & IoT and can think of the innovations by combining those ideas with Farming.
Experiential Learning: Ongoing DEMO and Workshops by Startups & Enterprises will provide the the experiential learning through practical exhibits and working prototypes.
Indian Technology Congress offers a unique International Knowledge Exchange platform for India's Business Research and Academic Leaders to collaborate with Policy-Makers and the Government by building an environment that promotes engineering innovation. Creating an atmosphere for brainstorming the latest technology trends and it is adoption for industrial excellence through the proceedings of ITC 2017.
The 5th consecutive annual edition of Indian Technology Congress much coveted & appreciated by one and all - the Industry Leaders, Top Academicians, Defense & Government Establishment, Startups, Investors, Research Groups, MSME as well as Public Sector Organizations. By participation in ITC, organizations and decision makers have significantly enhanced their perspective by comfortable knowledge sharing, getting an in-depth insight into the latest technology trends, its adoption and applying the same for their respective industry solutions.
Government’s initiatives such as ‘Make in India,' ‘Digital India,' ‘Infrastructure Modernization’ & others have been embedded in the program by design in ITC-2017. The emphasis laid on the future of Industrial Engineering Technologies in India and elsewhere. Internet of Things (IoT) with advances in Hardware & Software becoming the prime drivers of fourth industrial revolution - The ‘Industry 4.0’ is here to experience in areal sense at ITC-2017.
With the addition of Agri-Tech as part of this prestigious forum, we bring up the Agri-Engineering & Technologies to the fore-front for collaboration and co-operation with the main stream Indian Engineering professionals, academics and policy makers. With the focus on adopting latest IoT based and other latest technology innovations for the benefit of agriculture, we have enhanced the program contents for Agriculture Engineering, Input Supplier enterprises, Agri-Startups, Investors and Agri-research institutes to facilitate the knowledge exchange. Thought papers and panel discussions presenting the ideas for implementation of agri-tech programs. Running as a parallel track for this 2 day event cutting across the stakeholders in Indian Agri-Eco System.