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The Use of Satellites In Agriculture

Imagine being able to have a bird’s eye view, with acres and hectares of land spread in front of your eyes, and the ability to zoom in at any portion to assess its details. No, you do not need to have a personal aircraft or a pair of military grade binoculars to achieve this. Satellites are already doing this great job for us – all you need is a platform that translates all of their scientific observations into a useful knowledge in a way that even a grade-6 student can easily understand it. The technological advancements in satellites and sensor technology, in the last decade alone, have enabled the collection of deep insights about our agricultural fields which our naked eyes could not perceive.

We know that plants use sun light for growth, but most of us do not know that plants also interact with different spectrum of light which our eyes cannot detect. Sensors on modern satellites cannot only detect this, but when they are coupled with complex algorithms, can also start signaling when and where some plant or crop is behaving in an abnormal way.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence based data-driven models can interpret this abnormality and even specify the exact cause i.e., disease, pest attack, or nutrient deficiency.

We do this job (translation of scientific knowledge into practical insights) to provide useful insights to our end users (farmers). Our users can get these useful advisories through our app (inFarmer). On the basis of inFarmer virtual doctor, farmers can also get suggestion on remedial measures.

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