The Ministry of Agriculture and Invest India have collaborated to organise a first of its kind event, The Agriculture Grand Challenge, which will be launched by officials on December 15, 2017 during the upcoming TiEcon Summit in New Delhi.
Villgro and Qualcomm have also collaborated to be the strategic partners of the initiative.
The Agriculture Grand challenge is a unique opportunity for agritech startups to solve for some key challenges which are being faced by Indian farmers. The Ministry of Agriculture, in association with Invest India, has identified 12 key problem statements which range from providing a fair price to the farmer to the creation of yield estimation models which can be used by farmers.
Agriculture Grand Challenge: A Glimpse Of 12 Key Problem Statements
Testing Micronutrients In Soil
The challenge is seeking the development of simplified, sensor-based and quick soil testing methods to test the nutrients and micronutrients. A proven technology will be supported under Soil Health Management scheme so that states can procure directly from the developer at a fixed price (as has already been done for mini soil health labs).
Quick Sorting Of Huge Lots For eNAM
Electronic National Agriculture Market (eNAM) is a virtual market with a physical market (mandi) at the back end, which networks the existing APMC/mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities for pan-India electronic trading. Mandis handles huge volumes of arrival. Hence it is essential to provide quick quality assaying solutions (preferably within a minute/ parameter) to promote online trading.
For this, the challenge is aiming to promote the development of quick grading and assaying solution for eNAM which can also be connected to the Internet to increase the efficiency of the agricultural chain.