This Indian agritech firm helps farmers predict yield and improve sales, thus saving them from bankruptcy and suicides

CropIn claims to have digitised over 1.8M acres of farmland, impacting 500,000-plus farmers while working with 120-plus clients

Ironic, it may seem. A couple of months ago, scores of farmers in Maharashtra took to the streets and dumped tonnes of their produce, including potatoes and tomatoes, on the road despite a bumper crop. The reason? The glut this year led to procurement prices plunging, causing massive financial loss pushing them deeper into the depths of despair.

Farmers, almost all of who are in the unorganised sector, are perhaps the most neglected community in India. Mostly uneducated, these farmers are often forced to sell their highly-perishable produce to middlemen for a song. This year, the situation was worse.

Their demand to the government for a proper procurement mechanism has fallen on deaf ears. They don’t have the technological know-how to better manage their farm/produce, nor predict the crop. The huge financial losses more often prompt them to take the extreme step of ending their lives.

But the winds of change are blowing, although at a snail’s pace, thanks to a handful of startups committed to the welfare of this vulnerable community. These tech companies offer a lending hand to farmers to get real-time updates on standing crops, predict the yield, and thus mitigate the risks.

Bangalore-based CropIn Technology is one such company whose agritech solutions could save thousands of farmers from the edge of bankruptcy and suicide. And the company is already helping thousands of farmers across various geographies.

“Farmers are the most vulnerable community in India,” Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO of CropIn Technology, tells me. “The recent instances of farmers throwing away their produce in protest against the huge price fall paints the dismal picture of this community. We at CropIn want to make a difference with our smart farm solutions.”

CropIn was started in 2010 by Kumar (CEO), Kunal Prasad (COO), and Chittaranjan Jena (CTO). Kumar has a strong technical background and has earlier worked at GE, whereas Prasad comes from technical and management background. The third co-founder, Jena, previously worked at UTI, Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, and GE prior to joining CropIn.

The agritech firm’s SaaS-based services enable clients to analyse and interpret data and derive real-time actionable insights on standing crop and projects spanning geographies. It harnesses cutting-edge technologies, such as Big Data, Artificial intelligence, geo-tagging, and satellite monitoring to achieve this goal.

“We identified that the agribusinesses had minimal and outdated technological or digital intervention, and were not able to make informed data-driven decisions. Also, with consumers keen to know the origin of their food and how it was produced and processed, there is a need for transparency along the end-to-end agribusiness supply chain,” he said.

Indian farmers dumping tomatoes on the road in protest against the price fall (Image Credit: Asia News)

“Our gamut of products helps farmers at every stage, including communicating weather and pest advisory to farmers, scheduling the right package of practices and adoption of inputs, ensuring adherence to compliances and certifications, giving yield predictability and providing access to markets for fair value of produce,” Kumar explained.

The firm has developed five products catering to agricultural businesses at different levels of the agri-ecosystem, namely SmartFarm, SmartRisk, mWarehouse, SmartSales, and AcreSquare.

  • SmartFarm is a farm management solution that enables digitisation of farms, empowers data-driven decision-making, and provides visibility of people, processes and performance on the field. It ensures management of standard package of practices, adherence to compliance and certification, and pest and crop health management.
  • SmartRisk is an agri-business intelligence solution that leverages agri-alternate data and provides risk mitigation and forecasting for effective credit risk assessment and loan recovery assistance. A proprietary machine learning algorithm built on satellite and weather data is used to give insights at plot and region level.
  • mWarehouse is a solution for pack house, processing and export companies that enables farm to fork traceability and compliance, quality control and flexible inventory management.
  • SmartSales is a CRM and input channel management solution that helps predict and improve sales and ensures end-to end performance management of sales team
  • AcreSquare is a mobile app that helps companies interact directly with farmers, share content, educate them, and provide consultation, thus enabling companies to extend the power of technology for their farmers and build farmer loyalty.

Its audiences are the different stakeholders of the agri ecosystem, which work around farmers. This includes contract and organic farming companies, agro seed and chemical companies, banking and insurance enterprises, corporates who conduct CSR initiatives for agricultural development, and international developmental agencies.

A crisis and the aftermath

The idea of CropIn occurred to Kumar during an agrarian crisis in the state of Karnataka back in 2010. “Local farmers were facing a gamut of problems ranging from non-availability of finance, climatic vagaries, soil degradation, pest infestation and diseases, operational inefficiencies to non-predictability of the yield. I wanted to do my bit to avert this crisis and prevent farmer suicides. So I left my job at GE to set up CropIn,” Kumar narrates the story.

“Our system is not a one-time intervention but a sustainable solution. With our crop- and region-agnostic solutions, we have digitised over 1.8 million acres of farmland, enriching the lives of 500,000-plus farmers while working with 120-plus clients,” Kumar boasts. “Our target is to serve 20 million farmers (digital literacy) by 2022 and continue on our vision of making ‘every farm traceable” with technology.”

CropIn has dealt with agribusinesses in 12 countries across the globe — India, Japan, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Nepal, Vietnam, Portugal, the Philippines, Myanmar, Uganda, Ethiopia. It now looks to further expand in Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.

The company’s global clientele includes McCain, Mahindra, Mars, IDH, Marico, Tata, Godfrey Phillips, McCain, IFB Agro, ITC, ICICI Lombard, BigBasket, Welspun, and World Bank.

A multi-billion dollar opportunity

As per a Markets and Markets report, the market for smart agriculture is expected to reach US$11.23 billion by 2022, globally. “With the global population expected to cross the 10-billion mark by the middle of this century,” Kumar goes on, “the growth combined with urbanisation will require the agricultural production to double. To succeed, the world needs smart solutions for fairly produced, sustainable food, and feed & fibre. This presents a huge opportunity for agritech firms.”

Kumar says that In India, the team have seen a huge impact in the past seven years and now with new government policies coming in, they are seeing a great impetus to the use of technology in the agri space. “We believe the potential is huge and we with our expansive experience and cutting-edge products we are in a vantage point to address these issues well.”

To date, CropIn has raised US$4 million in funding across multiple tranches, from investors including BEENEXTAnkur Capital, and BSP Fund LLC.

In India, agriculture and allied sectors are the largest livelihood provider in India, especially in rural areas. It is also a significant contributor to the country’s GDP. However, the sector often gets scant regard not just from the  government, but from the corporate and banking sector as well, which lead to farmer distress and suicides. New-age technologies could bring in a change, but it requires huge efforts  in terms of creating awareness and education. CropIn has all the potential to be at the forefront of this revolution.

Source:https://e27.co/cropin-solutions-digitise-farm-predict-yield-20170919/

Author: Sainul Abudheen K , 20 Sep, 2017

Bringing technology to the doorsteps of India’s smallholder farmers for climate resilience


“I walk through three farm plots of my fellow farmers every day to examine the crop growth and occurrences of pest attacks or crop failure. I send photo alerts via my smart phone to Cropin, which sends an advisory within a few minutes to remedy the problem, said Pratima Devi, a climate smart village resource professional in Manichak village in the Barachatti block of Gaya district in Bihar, India.

Cropin Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd, a private software and mobile apps company, has developed digital applications to advise farmers on ways to achieve optimal harvests, depending on weather conditions, soil and other indicators. In less than a month, Pratima Devi completes a visit to all the farm plots in her village that are registered to get agro-advisories. “Women farmers appreciate my efforts and have started trusting my advice because they see a positive difference on their farms,” she adds.

Ramchandra Prasad Verma has the status of a master trainer of climate-smart village resource professionals in the same Barachatti block. He succinctly explains how data on weather parameters, such as rainfall, temperature and humidity, provided by the Automatic Weather Station (AWS), which was installed by another private Indian company, Skymet, helps farmers make smarter decisions in the village. “When the AWS shows temperatures of 35-40 degree Centigrade, farmers will wait for cooler temperatures before transplanting paddy mat nurseries into the field. Otherwise, there is a fear of losing crops in high temperatures”, said Verma. Earlier farmers relied on traditional wisdom alone, but now digital information can help them make faster and better decisions on the times of sowing and harvesting.

When Verma was a village resource professional, he had raised the maximum number of alerts in Bihar and received many advisories from Cropin on sowing, soil health, seed treatment, and weather forecasts that benefitted farmers. Over time, he developed skills to interpret technical advisories, train farmers to apply information on their fields, and interact with Cropin and Skymet professionals, which earned him the status of a master trainer.

Developing resilience in agriculture to regular weather shocks in the short-term and to climate change in the medium- to long-term is one of the biggest challenges facing Indian farmers today. Large-scale pilots are being implemented in four districts of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh to test the effectiveness of digital apps to generate climate resilient solutions for farming needs. This was made possible through a public-private partnership between the State Rural Livelihood Missions in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with  Cropin Technology and Skymet. These pioneering digital tools are being developed and utilized as part of the Sustainable Livelihoods and Adaptation to Climate Change (SLACC) Project associated with  the Government of India’s National Rural Livelihoods Project (NRLP).


Both SLACC and NRLP are supported by the World Bank. Funded by the Special Climate Change Fund under the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the SLACC project aims to empower at least 10,000 farmers to adopt climate resilient practices. These include a range of technological solutions, such as community-based adaptive planning, conservation agriculture, farm mechanization, efficient irrigation, soil health cards and digital farming practices.

In the coming year, 90,000 farm plots in SLACC areas in both states will be audited and tracked across the kharif and rabi seasons for the major crops. Over 500 community professionals and other functionaries will be systematically trained by Cropin Technology and Skymet on farmer data digitization, crop advisories and timely activity updates, weather advisories, farm area auditing, geo-tagging and crop health monitoring. These community professionals will serve as change agents to scale up the digital interventions in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, and possibly to other states under the NRLP. Overall, NRLP is being implemented in 13 states of India and has reached 7 million households.

Cropin Technology has also developed a climate smart advisory module that develops season-wise crop configurations for all the major crops and provides a weather-based advisory to SLACC farmers in the local Hindi language on predictive and curative measures promoting sustainable agriculture practices. Web- and mobile-based advisory dashboards have been developed to enable the Village Resource Professionals get important insights around sowing, soil health, seed treatment, recommendation for harvesting fertilizer, and seven-day weather forecasts derived from the best available weather observations systems and forecast models. This data is then downscaled at the farm plot level to help smallholder farmers make effective decisions for their crops. The module also considers technical inputs in real time from agriculture experts in state research institutions and farm alerts from village resource professionals to develop these practical agro-advisories.

Pratima Devi and Verma represent the first-generation of climate smart farmers that are triggering the communitization of technology, spreading knowledge and revolutionizing the way agriculture should be practiced in India. Digital farming offers great scope for pushing the frontiers in agriculture through data and innovation.

Photos by Nitish Kumar Singh.

Source: http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/publicsphere/bringing-technology-doorsteps-india-s-smallholder-farmers-climate-resilience?cid=EXT_WBBlogSocialShare_D_EXT

CropIn Technology invited to be part of PM Narendra Modi’s and NITI Aayog’s initiative, Champions of Change

CropIn Technology, represented by its COO Mr. Kunal Prasad, participated at the recently held NITI Aayog’s Champions of Change event in the presence of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. The event brought together a select group of CEOs and start-up founders and provided them with a significant platform to showcase their achievements and suggestions that could be incorporated in the policy making process.

Our honorable Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi, met the young entrepreneurs and elicited their views on policy initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship.  The young CEOs and entrepreneurs deliberated on various themes, including New India 2022, Digital India, Emerging a Sustainable Tomorrow, Health and Nutrition, Education and Skill Development, and Soft Power. Mr. Kunal explained how CropIn, with its vision to maximize per acre value and the mission to make every farm traceable, aims to work in line with the PM’s vision of doubling farmer income by 2022. His ideas of harnessing technology to bridge the existing information gap in the agri-ecosystem and leveraging agri-alternate data for revolutionizing the agri-insurance sector were well-received by fellow entrepreneurs.

CropIn Technology, a leading AgTech company based in Bangalore, provides SaaS based services to agribusinesses globally. CropIn enables its clients to analyze & interpret data and derive real time actionable insights on standing crop and projects spanning geographies.

With a robust range of products, CropIn largely works on a B2B business model, catering to agricultural businesses at different levels of the agri-ecosystem. The product portfolio includes:

  • SmartFarm: An award winning robust & flexible farm management solution which enables complete digitization of farms, empowers data-driven decision-making, and provides complete visibility of people, processes and performance on the field. It ensures management of standard package of practices, adherence to compliance and certification, pest and crop health management.
  • SmartRisk: An agri-business intelligence solution that leverages agri-alternate data and provides risk mitigation and forecasting for effective credit risk assessment and loan recovery assistance. Proprietary machine learning algorithm built on satellite and weather data is used to give insights at plot and region level.
  • Mwarehouse: A Comprehensive solution for pack house, processing & export companies that enables Farm to fork traceability & compliance, quality control and flexible inventory management.
  • SmartSales: A comprehensive CRM & input channel management solution, that helps predict and improve sales and ensures end-to end performance management of sales team
  • AcreSquare: A unique farmer application that helps companies interact directly with their farmers, share content, educate them and provide consultation, thus enabling companies to extend the power of technology for their farmers and build farmer loyalty.

Developing resilience in agriculture a challenge: Expert

Large-scale pilots are being implemented in four districts of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh to test the effectiveness of digital apps to generate climate resilient solutions.

Developing resilience in agriculture to regular weather shocks in the short-term and to climate change in the medium- to long-term is one of the biggest challenges facing Indian farmers today, said a World Bank expert.

 Large-scale pilots are being implemented in four districts of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh to test the effectiveness of digital apps to generate climate resilient solutions for farming needs, wrote Priti Kumar, senior agriculture specialist at the World Bank, in a blog.
“This was made possible through a public-private partnership between the State Rural Livelihood Missions in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with  Cropin Technology and Skymet. These pioneering digital tools are being developed and utilized as part of the Sustainable Livelihoods and Adaptation to Climate Change (SLACC) Project associated with the Government of India’s National Rural Livelihoods Project (NRLP),” she wrote
Both SLACC and NRLP are supported by the World Bank. Funded by the Special Climate Change Fund under the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the SLACC project aims to empower at least 10,000 farmers to adopt climate resilient practices.
Kumar pointed out that these include a range of technological solutions, such as community-based adaptive planning, conservation agriculture, farm mechanization, efficient irrigation, soil health cards and digital farming practices.
In the coming year, 90,000 farm plots in SLACC areas in both states will be audited and tracked across the kharif and rabi seasons for the major crops. Overall, NRLP is being implemented in 13 states of India and has reached 7 million households.

Decoding Agritech – Current & Upcoming Trends

Krishna Kumar, CEO, CropIn Technology

By 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9.1 billion, which is 34 percent higher than today(FAO 2016). This translates into doubling of food production to meet the demands of the growing population. These alarming figures are indicative of a need for a change.

Agriculture, especially in India, has been essentially a ‘learn by doing’ industry; where one learns through informal sources like family or fellow growers. To be successful, a farm must increase the yield per acre as much as it can, reduce the risk of crop failure, maximize operational efficiency, reduce costs and sell at the highest possible rate. This requires, effective management of inputs like seed, fertilizer, water, nutrients and minimizing the impact of unpredictable variables(such as the weather, diseases and pests). However, achieving that objective is far from easy.

Conventional methods like physical crop inspection are time consuming and are seldom inaccurate. Technology like sensors and various other data sources can’t provide a real-time picture of what’s happening on the field. Farmers face further challenges in translating this data into operational insights that can help them understand which actions to take, when and where. This is where AgTech comes into picture.Startups and companies like Crop In not only collate the data from various sources but make sense of it and present it as actionable insights to agri businesses.

Farmers stand in the centre of a complex ecosystem of farming equipment manufacturers, food processors and agrichemical specialists. At the same time, consumer behaviour is changing radically. Consumers are the focus point of the food industry. They want to know the origin of their food and how it was produced and processed, driving the need for transparency along the end-to-end agribusiness supply chain. Digital transformation is a fertile ground for new business models,innovative business processes, and new ways to work in the agribusiness network for this planet.

Why now? Break through technology trends have matured and hit scale together: hyper connectivity, super computing, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and cyber security.

“While improving yield is good for a farm’s profitability, it’s also increasingly critical to address the growing demand for food among an ever-increasing global population” – Krishna Kumar, CEO, CropIn Technology.

The advent of AgTech has a unique set of proponents furthering its effective adoption and adaption throughout the agricultural ecosystem. The contemporary world is a world of hyper-connectivity where every one is connected through a bar rage of devices that are easily available even in the most remote areas. According to Gartner Inc, 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.

The other propelling force is the data that is now available from the farm. An average farm in 2050 is estimated to generate a total of 4.1 million data points per day which is a whopping growth, up from 190,000 in 2014. The millions of sensors, drones, satellite, weather and soil data is just some of the data sources available around the farm. This quick adaption is also due to the fact that the Moore’s law has more than kept up, reducing the size of the devices, increasing the computing power.

These trends will fuel the emergence of new business models. The speed of innovation is enormous, and startups in the agriculture space have the mission to innovate fast and change every aspect of the industry as we know it today. As per Forbes article on AgriTech in 2015 – ‘Agriculture technology is no longer a niche that no one’s heard about. Agriculture has confirmed its place as an industry of interest for the venture capital community after investment in agritech broke record for the past three years in a row, reaching $4.6 billion in 2015.’According to the advanced estimates of MOSPI, agriculture and allied sector recorded a CAGR rise of 6.64 percent during FY07-16. Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about 58 percent of India’s population, contributing to almost 18.5 percent to India’s GDP. Looking ahead, the future of AgTech is promising as it is expected to add value to each stakeholder at various levels of the value chain in the whole agricultural ecosystem. As data driven farming takes effect, there is a democratization of data for all the stakeholders.

Improving yield is an age old challenge for farms and always will be. However, for the first time in a generation, digital technologies en¬able farmers to achieve a quantum leap forward in their performance. While improving yield is good for a farm’s profitability, it’s also increasingly critical to address the growing demand for food among an ever-increasing global population. Couple this with lower environmental im¬pact that technology usage brings in; reduced water wastage, correct and timely use of chemicals, reduced pre harvest and post harvest losses and one can see the critical role digital technologies play in fostering sustainable food, feed and fibre. This makes it imperative for all participants in the agriculture ecosystem to embrace new and emerging digital technologies to make their operations efficient, productive and sustainable.

Source: https://consultants.siliconindiamagazine.com/viewpoint/ceo-insights/decoding-agritech-current-upcoming-trends-nwid-9504.html#

 

 

 

CropIn Technology: Revolutionizing Agri-Ecosytem

Necessity is the mother of all inventions, they say. This adage was proven true when Krishna Kumar created AgTech start-up, CropIn Technologies in 2010.  The idea for providing SaaS based services to agribusinesses came to Kumar after perceiving the plight of local farmers who were facing a problem of salvaging crops that used to rot on a regular basis. Taking a resolution on farmers’ suicides and agrarian crisis, Kumar left his high rising career and roped in his childhood friend, Kunal Prasad and set up CropIn Technologies Solutions– an agriculture technology solutions start-up that would address several pain points of hundreds of farmers across the country.

Today, CropIn has digitized over 1 million acres of farmlands, enriching lives of over 500,000 farmers. With the vision to maximize per acre value and the mission to make every farm traceable, the ag-tech provider aims to work in line with the PM’s vision of Digital India to double farmer income by 2022. In its seven years of operations, CropIn has garnered the trust and partnership of clientele globally which includes McCain, Mahindra, Mars, IDH, Marico, Tata, Godfrey Phillips, McCain, IFB Agro, ITC, ICICI Lombard, BigBasket, Welspun, World Bank and many more. CropIn has been awarded with the illustrious Mobile for Good Awards 2014 by the Vodafone Foundation and Flame Awards Asia 2017 for its continuing and perseverant efforts in the AgTech arena.

The company brings in cutting-edge technologies – Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Geo-tagging & Satellite monitoring to interconnect all the stakeholders at different levels of the agriculture ecosystem. CropIn provides SaaS based services to agribusinesses in India and other developing nations; enabling clients to analyze & interpret data and derive real time actionable insights on standing crop and projects spanning geographies.

 

According to the CEO & Founder Krishna Kumar, as the world population crosses the 10 billion mark -by the middle of this century- agtech techniques for sustainable food feed fibre are becoming imperative. “Technology and Data Driven approach will help ag-businesses become more efficient and respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future. Sooner or later all stakeholders in this ecosystem will need to take conscious steps to solve the larger challenges of food security, sustainability, traceability etc.”

CropIn’s solutions which are crop and region agnostic help monitor farm efficiency, track sales, improve financial, operational and agronomical aspects, and connect farms to warehouses and end users, thus bringing in great visibility, traceability & predictability in all farming operations; people and processes. CropIn’s SaaS based system is not a one-time intervention but a sustainable solution.

With a robust range of products, CropIn largely works on a B2B business model, catering to agricultural businesses at different levels of the agri-ecosystem. The product portfolio includes:

  • SmartFarm: An award winning robust & flexible farm management solution which enables complete digitization of farms, empowers data-driven decision-making, and provides complete visibility of people, processes and performance on the field. It ensures management of standard package of practices, adherence to compliance and certification, pest and crop health management.
  • SmartRisk: An agri-business intelligence solution that leverages agri-alternate data and provides risk mitigation and forecasting for effective credit risk assessment and loan recovery assistance. Proprietary machine learning algorithm built on satellite and weather data is used to give insights at plot and region level.
  • Mwarehouse: A Comprehensive solution for pack house, processing & export companies that enables Farm to fork traceability & compliance, quality control and flexible inventory management.
  • SmartSales: A comprehensive CRM & input channel management solution, that helps predict and improve sales and ensures end-to end performance management of sales team
  • AcreSquare: A unique farmer application that helps companies interact directly with their farmers, share content, educate them and provide consultation, thus enabling companies to extend the power of technology for their farmers and build farmer loyalty.

 

CropIn believes in the idea of democratizing data for all stakeholders, connecting the entire ecosystem through a common platform and benefiting different stakeholders via data driven farming. In its seventh year of operation, CropIn aims to expand its foot print in other developing countries and position itself as a global leader in agtech.

 

From the COO’s Desk

 

Dear Partners,

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. This year we have grown from strength to strength and we believe that the onus of that lies with you- our partners.

Over the last seven years we, CropIn with you as our partner, have been able to make an impact in the Ag-Tech ecosystem not just in India but in the World. As a system and as a team, we have had the satisfaction of creating a world class product for agri-businesses.

In 2010, we started with a humble background but a big dream of making agriculture more efficient, we started by working with individual farmers trying to solve one farmer’s problem at a time. Soon we realized the scalability of our products, and started reaching out to global agri-businesses. Today, we have reached over 1 Million Acres, 500,000+ farmers and 120+ clients globally. By 2022, we envisage to impact 20 million farms through our technological solutions.

As we celebrate our success, we need to stay focused on our main aim, which remains to work towards helping our clients grow their business exponentially.  We remain committed to making CropIn the best company to work with, as we truly believe that “We grow when you grow”.

– Kunal Prasad, Chief Operating Officer, CropIn Technology

 

Challenges in Tobacco Industry

Tobacco, an important cash crop in the global agricultural economy, is grown in more than 60% of the world’s nations. The tobacco industry remains an essential contributor to the economies of many countries and the livelihoods of millions of people across the globe including farmers, retailers and those employed in the tobacco supply chain. The focus of tobacco giants across the world is on sustainable farming with minimum ecological footprint, better livelihood for farmers, eliminating child labor and commitment to Good agriculture Practices(GAP) and Agricultural Labour Practices(ALP). The Tobacco industry globally has been facing problems and issues such as exploitation of labor, prevalence of child labor in hazardous work, pest infestation in farms and poor management of farm activities.  Tobacco companies are working directly with farmers and suppliers to promote sustainable farming, GAP and ALP. Through GAP, the tobacco industry is striving to improve working conditions on the farm, address the impact of tobacco on the environment and make tobacco farming profitable and sustainable. Through ALP, the focus is to improve labor practices and eliminate all forms of child labor on tobacco farms.


We are CropIn Technologies, an agri-tech company with a reach of over 1 Million Acres, 500,000+ farmers and 120+ clients. Our SaaS-based services have enabled agribusinesses globally to analyze, interpret data and gain real-time corrective insights. Our solutions will help the tobacco industry deal with the following key challenges:

  • Combatting child labor: This has become one of the toughest challenges of the tobacco industry, with some of the world’s biggest tobacco companies pledging to progressively eliminate all forms of hazardous child labor within the industry. To help address this challenge, our solutions include digital farmer registration, complete socio-economic profiling of the farmer, field staff tracking and notification alerts to management in case of forced labor.
  • Effective Pest Management: Online Monitoring of the facility for pest activity via smartphones and timely advisory for protection against infestation
  • Adoption of package of practices: Scheduling package of practices notification and broadcasting it to farmers based on date of sowing/plantation; management of farm activities ensuring completion of best practices on time
  • Adaption to changing weather: Our solutions have also helped farms with weather forecasting, enabling the farmers to be prepared in advance for any emerging weather conditions.
  • Adherence to GAP & ALP to promote best agricultural practices in tobacco farming

On the technological level, we leverage remote sensing, satellite imagery, plot geo-tagging, AI and Big Data to arrive at actionable insights on crop health, weather risks and expected yield.

For more details on our products and solutions, please visit www.cropin.co.in

Thank You

We had a fruitful engagement with Sophia Akash Foundation over the the last year and they provided financial and business development support to the Company. Their help and guidance at this crucial time of CropIn’s growth is much appreciated.