Syngenta, IIT Ropar displayed biodiversity sensor project at G20 meet
Today, at the G20 Education Working Group meeting in Amritsar, Punjab, the big agrochemical company Syngenta and the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar (IIT Ropar) are showing off their biodiversity sensor project.
It also shows how farmers are using drones to spray crop protection solutions and how this is giving them more power by saving them money, labour costs, and time, which will help them make more money in the long run.
The company said in a statement that Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann saw Syngenta’s tech solutions for farmers and liked the biodiversity sensor initiative, which is important for understanding and monitoring biodiversity on Punjab farms.
Syngenta, IIT Ropar, and Fraunhofer all work together on the Biodiversity Sensor Project. The low-cost, solar-powered Biodiversity Sensor keeps track of biodiversity all the time and can identify most insect species automatically, on its own, and reliably. Researchers, policymakers, and farmers will be able to use this data to help biodiversity grow.
Last year, the first prototype of the Biodiversity Sensor was put on the market. Syngenta will make more prototypes and keep improving the artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms in the sensor until 2023.
Taking care of the problems farmers face
Susheel Kumar, MD and Country Head of Syngenta India, said, ‘Our tech-led collaborations with experts and creation of a farmer-centric ecosystem are key to addressing the challenges farmers face in feeding a growing population.’
‘One of our main goals is to find, create, and scale a set of innovative, game-changing changes that will help farmers increase their yields in a sustainable way. He said, ‘People and institutions need to work together to use technology and protect our rich biodiversity.’
Over time, sensors all over the world will collect a steady stream of open data that can be used.
Pushpendra P. Singh, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at IIT Ropar, said, ‘By collecting and analysing this information across geographies, we can create a common language for fact-based discussions among different stakeholders and help organisations come up with innovations that will change the game.’
The G20 Education Working Group meeting in Amritsar is mostly about research, new ideas, and working together for a better future. The Indian Ministry of Education is putting on the event, and IIT Ropar is the place where it will be held.