SoilSens: A Smart Solution for Precision Agriculture

SoilSens: A Smart Solution for Precision Agriculture – Agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the Indian economy, contributing to about 17% of the GDP and employing more than 50% of the workforce. However, agriculture in India faces many challenges, such as water scarcity, soil degradation, climate change, pest infestation, and low productivity. To overcome these challenges, farmers need to adopt modern technologies that can help them optimize their inputs, monitor their crops, and increase their yields.

SoilSens

Details of the startup:

  • CITY : Pune
  • STATE : Maharashtra
  • STARTED IN : 2017
  • FOUNDERS : Maryam Shojaei Baghini, Rajul Sachin Patkar and Valipe Ramgopal Rao
  • NUMBER OF INVESTORS : 2
  • LATEST ROUND INVESTMENT : ₹0.50M
  • TOTAL INVESTMENT :₹2.59M
  •   TOTAL SECURED LOANS AVAILED : Nil

You can find their website here.

One such technology is SoilSens, a sensor-based IoT platform that provides automated irrigation solutions for farmers. SoilSens is a startup founded by IIT Bombay students and professors in June 2017, with a vision to empower farmers by bringing in SMART © (Sustainably Managing Agriculture in Remote Terrain) technologies to make agriculture profitable and sustainable.

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How SoilSens Works

SoilSens offers a solar-powered irrigation system that consists of sensors, a gateway, and a cloud platform. The sensors are installed in the soil and collect data regarding soil moisture, temperature, pH, EC (electrical conductivity), and OC (organic carbon). The gateway transmits the data to the cloud platform, where it is processed and analyzed using machine learning algorithms. The platform then provides irrigation insights and recommendations to the farmers through a mobile app or SMS.

The benefits of using SoilSens are manifold. First, it helps farmers save water and electricity by irrigating only when and where needed. Second, it helps farmers improve soil health and crop quality by maintaining optimal soil conditions. Third, it helps farmers reduce costs and increase profits by enhancing crop productivity and reducing input wastage. Fourth, it helps farmers mitigate risks and uncertainties by providing real-time alerts and forecasts.

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Success Stories

SoilSens has been deployed in various crops and regions across India, such as sugarcane, cotton, grapes, pomegranate, banana, and wheat. The results have been impressive, with farmers reporting up to 40% water saving, 30% electricity saving, 25% yield increase, and 20% cost reduction.

One of the success stories is that of Mr. Rajesh Patil, a sugarcane farmer from Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He installed SoilSens in his 10-acre farm and saw remarkable improvements in his crop performance. He said, “Before using SoilSens, I used to irrigate my farm twice a week, without knowing the actual water requirement of the crop. Now, with SoilSens, I irrigate only once a week, and the water reaches every corner of the field. My crop is healthier, and I have saved a lot of water and electricity. I am very happy with SoilSens and would recommend it to every farmer.”

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SoilSens is a revolutionary technology that can transform the way agriculture is done in India. It can help farmers achieve precision agriculture, which is the practice of applying the right amount of inputs at the right time and place to maximize crop performance and minimize environmental impact. By using SoilSens, farmers can not only improve their livelihoods, but also contribute to the national goals of water conservation, food security, and climate resilience. SoilSens is truly a smart solution for precision agriculture. 🌱

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