Enhancing Agricultural Productivity And Economic Prosperity For Smallholder Farmers In Tribal Households

Using CropIn’s Farm Management Software ‘SmartFarm’

Over the past few decades, agriculture technology in its various forms has enabled agribusiness to scale up their farm, resource, and economic productivity. The successful application of innovative solutions to address complex challenges in the agri supply chain has also encouraged government entities, charitable trusts and CSR arms of private organisations to partner with technology providers to create a positive impact in the socio-economic development of a community or the country as a whole.

“Building A Nation Of Sustainable Communities And Empowered People”

This is what Tata Trusts aims to achieve as one of India’s largest organisations that impacts millions of households in the country. Their Lakhpati Kisan program focuses on only one of their several areas of work, and is an endeavour to uplift the lives of Central India’s tribal households through their Central India Initiative. Launched in April 2015 by CInI, this program aims to bring about 101,000 households irreversibly out of poverty with increased quality of life and life choices and to develop 17 blocks as regional drivers for growth across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, and Odisha.

Optimising Agricultural Productivity With Cutting-Edge Agri-Technology

The collaboration with CropIn now enables CInI to leverage SmartFarm® to intervene at every stage of the crop lifecycle and improve the livelihoods of over 4,300 farmers across Godabanda and Dhalbhumgarh regions in Jharkhand. In the first year of engagement with CInI, the mobile application helped CInI digitise 3,400+ plots and build accurate farmer and farm profiles through proper channelisation and digitisation of data. The field staff leverage CropIn’s digital farming solution to monitor vegetables including capsicum, green peas, watermelon, bottle gourd, cauliflower, chilli, cabbage, brinjal, bitter gourd and tomatoes. SmartFarm® then actively engages farmers by sending them advisories about the best practices, such as the appropriate usage of chemical inputs, to help them optimise their produce. The application also helps monitor the field staff who engage with the farmer on a day-to-day basis, and collect critical farm data using SmartFarm’s easy-to-use modules. This data is stored in CropIn’s centralised cloud platform and is readily available to key stakeholders actively involved in the project for effective and timely decision-making. Lastly, SmartFarm® helps analyse productivity and estimate yield, thereby allowing CInI to measure the impact of the interventions and improve outcomes going forward.