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E-Crop – An IoT Device for Smart Farming

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07 June 2024, Thiruvananthapuram: ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram launched an IoT-based precision agriculture technology called ‘e-crop’ in Thiruvananthapuram. The precision agriculture technology was transferred successfully by signing the Technology Licensing agreement with M/s., Tech Visit IT Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai which was facilitated by Agrinnovate India Limited, New Delhi. Dr. G. Byju, Director, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, exchanged the Technology License Agreement with officials Shri. Bharat Patni, Director, M/s., Tech Visit IT Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Praveen Malik, CEO, AgIn, said that e-crop has a high potential market in the smart farming sector and can help the farmer to reap higher profits, than conventional farming.

While exchanging the TLA, Dr. G. Byju, emphasized that licensing e-crop – a climate-focused and high-value technology on World Environment Day marks a significant milestone in the history of ICAR-CTCRI.

Dr. V.S. Santhosh Mithra, Principal Scientist and inventor of the technology explained the key features of this “farmer-friendly” technology. Institute Technology Management Unit of ICAR-CTCRI managed the licensing process through M/S Agrinnovate India Private Limited, New Delhi.

This technology helped farmers manage scarce natural resources by accurately measuring soil moisture, temperature, and nutrient content, along with weather parameters. The system’s crop growth models provide timely advice on irrigating crops, applying fertilizers, and identifying pest and disease incidence. This eco-friendly alternative to regenerative agriculture maximizes input efficiency and reduces wastage. The technology also holds a significant share in India’s $886.21 million market.

About 120 scientists and staff of ICAR-CTCRI participated in the function.

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