Fasal, India’s earliest full-stack agritech solutions company, has won a patent for its innovative solar-powered IoT device for precision farming — Fasal Kranti. The patent, granted by the Indian Patent Office, recognises Fasal Kranti for its innovation, novelty and application. With this, Fasal becomes the first company in India to offer a patented precision farming device for horticulture farmers as claimed by the company.
The plug-and-play Internet of Things (IoT) device, Fasal Kranti, which runs on solar and battery power, is installed in horticulture farms such as fruits, vegetables and flowers. Through its sensors, it measures various farm level macroclimatic, microclimate conditions along with rainfall, soil moisture, soil temperature, wind direction and leaf wetness. The data collected from the hardware device is processed into actionable advisories for farmers using agronomic models, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Horticulture farmers are then alerted on these farm-specific advisories via an app on their mobile phones — lending them a comprehensive picture of their farms.
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Fasal Kranti provides disease and pest control preventive assistance by alerting farmers on which treatment to use and when to use it. Its irrigation advisory helps save water, allowing farmers to provide their farms with the right amount of water required at the right time. By equipping farmers with crop intelligence, Fasal has impacted over 50,000 acres of farm land across the country mitigating production risks and achieving higher yields and profitability. Since its inception in 2018, Fasal’s real-time insights have helped farmers collectively save 10 billion litres of water -about 30-50 per cent lower irrigation water use — achieve up to 15-30 per cent reduction in pesticide costs and about 15-30 per cent rise in yield — thereby empowering farmers to achieve predictable incomes. Through Fasal, farmers have been able to achieve up to 40 per cent increase in their incomes, the company claims.
Underlining the patent win, Ananda Verma, Founder and CEO, Fasal said, “The grant of the patent for Fasal Kranti, which has been in development by our team since March 2019, is a testament to Fasal’s commitment to innovation and supporting farmers with actionable farm-level advisories. For generations together, farmers have relied upon guesswork in farming — leading to unpredictable yields and incomes. Fasal Kranti’s tech-backed insights eliminate the unpredictability to bring higher yields and predictable incomes. We are driven to take Fasal Kranti globally to many more farmers and look forward to helping them grow more and better.”