India tech: Cool solutions to colossal problems

NEW DELHI, India — India’s startup scene is running a decade or so behind China’s, but it’s on the same path to creating scores of billion dollar internet companies, according to World Startup Report founder Bowei Gai.

Early leaders — like e-commerce company Flipkart, travel portal Makemytrip, and ticket booker — have succeeded by helping people overcome some of this country’s byzantine infrastructure problems. The next wave of innovators are thinking bigger, disrupting the TV and advertising business, reinventing location-based services, and even helping out the embattled Indian farmer. In doing so, they may very well be inventing tomorrow for millions of people.

Here are some dynamic startups to watch.

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Startups pave way for Farming 2.0

BENGALURU: Smart phones and internet may not have penetrated much in rural Karnataka and India but that’s not stopping a slew of startups in Bengaluru from offering next-gen farming tips, with the assistance of technology .

From offering expert advice to farmers on crop and sowing pattern to solutions on how to harvest and maximize their yield, startups seem to have an app for all. And what’s more, the forecast for the apps seems to be quite promising.

CropIn, a five-year-old startup, has already started providing its applications for mostly Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO) and NGOs. Founded by Krishna Kumar and Kunal Prasad, CropIn also has big farming companies like Pepsico, McCain, Fieldfresh looking to it for solutions.

Their technology uses data available from the grassroots level, including the soil content, annual rainfall, previous cropping pattern and the location of the farmland to provide concrete solutions, including weather forecasts and solutions to ensure minimal damages in case of natural calamities.

“Our next goal is to ensure that farmers can directly start utilizing our platform for using it on their own land. Our platform will be available with best practices for farmers to use, based on their location, seed quality and land extent. At present the same system exists for largescale farmers in the country, and Karnataka,” said Krishna Kumar.

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Smart Farm Management Solutions: Innovation From the CropIn Stable!

Agriculture accounts for about 18 per cent of GDP of India and about two-thirds of the population is dependent on the sector. The importance of developing this sector is reinforced by the unique role of Indian agriculture in the macroeconomic framework and its role in poverty alleviation.
Taking a cue from this information and after observing the current scenario, CropIn Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd, one of the most innovative “agro” start-ups has developed and put on offer a low cost pay-as-you-use product on an IT platform on Cloud integrated with Android based smart mobile app. Check out best casino apps on Maple Leaf Online Casino! This would enable them to bring affordable state of the art technology in agriculture, remotely monitor farms, make every farmer adopt the best global agricultural practices and make every crop traceable so that harvested crops meet global quality standards. Their research has revealed the presence of a large number of farmers, with under half-acre land, who require basic level of assistance in farm management. CropIn has also associated itself with Global G.A.P, a Global partnership for Good Agricultural Practice, in order to provide the best practices to farmers via a Global GAP certification.

Krishna Kumar, the founder CEO, an engineer by profession worked for 4.5 years with General Electric. With a passion to introduce technology innovation to agriculture sector, Krishna left his lucrative job at GE, and begin CropIn Technology(erstwhile CropEx ) in August 2010. With Kunal Prasad, an MBA and an engineer with 4 years experience at TATA Motors, joining him soon, his efforts got a huge boost. Currently, they have Vasudev Avadhani, Consultant Clean-Tech at IIM-B, as their Mentor. He is assisting them in charting a road-map for CropIn as they aspire to achieve new levels.

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