- Rajasekar M, Udhay Aakash R, Sudharshan S, Manojkumar VK
Huge consumption of time, man power and over-usage of pesticides upon crops. Lack of an intelligent system to automate this process by easily predicting the disease-prone and weed-prone regions of the farm and spraying the pesticides precisely to that region and to reduce the over all chemical usage.
Farmers who harvest cash crops, who aren't financially stable and ready to accept new technologies.
An interview with Sandeep of Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham whose family does farming in their village at Rajmundhry.
Us : Do you know about the problems faced by the farmers in your village?
Him : Yes, having to pay to the workers is the biggest expense that the farmers have to manage in order to increase the profit and that's why generally farmers work as a family. The second biggest problem is the price of the pesticides and fertilisers going high. Yes, the government provides subsidies to buy them but due to inefficient usage, most of the product go wasted and only a fraction of those chemicals work on the fields. Third is monsoon failure or irregular rainfall which damages the crops. That is becoming a pattern now. We sure don't know what to do about it.
Us : Considering, the first two problems that you stated, if we come with a device that can intelligently sense where the chemicals had to be sprayed and does it in the most economical and efficient way, would you and the farmers in your village tend to buy it?
Him : Of course, we are already looking for technologies like these for our farming.
After, (Something of this sort but with intelligence)