British multinational telecommunications company, Vodafone, its social responsibility (CSR) arm Vodafone India Foundation, Vodafone Idea Ltd’s (VIL), has partnered with Finnish telecom company Nokia to cater a smart agri and farming solution to enhance the productiveness of farming in India.
A pilot venture is being carried out throughout 100 places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. This initiative will profit about more than 50,000 farmers within the area by enhancing their productiveness and revenue, Vodafone Idea mentioned in a press release.
Technology and livelihood
The mission goals to boost the livelihoods of small farmers via sustainable farming techniques, deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and by enhancing their access to info, utilizing technology. This socially related mission is in step with the union government’s vision of collective development, it mentioned.
VIL Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer P. Balaji mentioned that the “VIL-CSR is committed to leverage the technology to create social impact by way of catering sustainable solutions. Smart crop management utilising Smart IoT- and AI-based solutions to transform the present farming practices into more intelligent ones. This enables farmers to make smart decision helping them to improve production and productivity by better utilisation of available resources.”
Vodafone Idea CSR wing has deployed Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) and Solidaridad has been signed up for discipline implementation.
Smart App to monitor Crop yield
As a part of this mission, greater than 400 sensors have been deployed over 1,00,000 hectares to gather numerous data factors that are then analysed by a cloud-based and localised Smart Agriculture app. The app offers native language assist and climate forecast and irrigation management info. The sensors generate insightful data that can assist to enhance productivity of cotton and soy crops.
Outreach Rural India
Nokia WING’s Business head, Ankur Bhan, mentioned, “Nokia’s mission for WING is to shape the future of Indian agriculture system and other industries, to create a smarter ecosystem that forms more connected world. Together VIL-CSR and WING’s managed services will assist about 50,000 farmers and their families initially to roll out the solution throughout India.”