Agdhi, an agritech start-up based in Bengaluru has introduced vision enabled AI-based technology in agriculture. It has launched machine learning and computer vision techniques in detecting the defects in the seeds and crops thus enabling the farming community to get quality seeds and crops. These quality results are provided in seconds instead of waiting for a long time using traditional methods. This will bring technology disruption in seed testing, seed sampling and crop yield which is the need of the hour.
The traditional method of detecting seed defects typically relies on manual inspection, which is resource hectic and subjective. Therefore, an objective and automated seed screening method was required. Thus, Agdhi through AI (Artificial Intelligence) Vision technology, Photometry, Radiometry and Computer Vision offers efficient methods for Seed Classification and Seed Quality Analysis. The colour, texture, size, and shape, is extracted from images of seeds, and the defects of the seed identified through various classifiers based on computer vision. This automation provides an efficient method for seed sorting than being inspected by human labour.
Speaking on these technological disruptions coming into Indian agriculture, Nikhil Das, Founder, Agdhi said, “Today, India is seeing a huge disruption in agriculture through technology. Agriculture which is both a major industry and foundation of the economy is looking for innovative approaches in protecting and improving crop yield. With this aim we plan to introduce next generation electronics products optimised for agriculture.”
He further added that the novel and innovative technologies needed to be introduced in the market in seed testing and seed sampling to accurately assess the seed quality and provide the crucial data thus helping the farmers in getting good yield.
Today, the company is working on technologies like Blockchain, Edge computing, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and microbiology in agriculture.
Agdhi is revolutionising agriculture by introducing digital technology and building alternative solutions to facilitate sustainable methods in agriculture. Agdhi has won National Bio Entrepreneurship Competition #NBEC2020 for best AgriTech start up and secured four lakh dollar investment opportunity from venture capitalist.
Thus, today Agdhi is building new age products and solutions catering to the seeds and farming community.