Syngenta launches unique biodiversity sensor project to monitor farm insects
Syngenta India announced a launch of Biodiversity Sensor Project, a biodiversity monitoring technology on the other day in association with IIT Ropar.
“Featuring a centralized, biodiversity data repository that can be shared and tracked, with the goal of accelerating the accuracy of biodiversity measurements across the planet,” said Susheel Kumar, Country Head, Syngenta India.
Syngenta also flagged off India’s first Drone Yatra, that will travel 10,000 kms to create awareness on drone spraying among 10,000 farmers. The Yatra will travel to 13 states to demonstrate and educate farmers on use of drones.
Syngenta is first private company to get approval from Central Insecticide Board, Government of India to use drones for spraying of its product Amistar on paddy to protect the crops against fungal infections, Blast & Sheath Blight.
For the Biodiversity Sensor Project, Syngenta India is working with IIT Ropar & Fraunhofer Institute. The initial phase of the biodiversity project will endeavor to identify and quantify insect life in and around farms – to better track and measure the population of insects that contribute to a healthy agriculture biosphere. “Eventually, we hope to broaden this technology to detect other habitats as well. Our first prototype is operational since March 2022. Throughout 2022, we will continue to hone and refine a small number of sensor prototypes and to further develop the artificial intelligence. And in 2023, we hope that the first sensor-network pilot projects will be implemented in selected countries,” informed Feroz Sheikh, Chief Information Officer, Syngenta Group.
Syngenta Global also announced a collaboration with IIT Ropar iHub – AWaDH. “We wish to work together in a collaborative manner to pursue the development and commercialisation of products in agriculture and water to solve global and local problems in agriculture,” informed Sheikh.
“We are happy to partner with Syngenta to contribute in designing technological solutions for farming community,” said Pushpendra P Singh, Associate Professor – Experimental Nuclear PhysicsDean, DST Technology Innovation Hub – AwaDH (Agriculture and Water Technology Hub) and Associate Dean (R & D). IIT Ropar and Syngenta will be engaging in future internship programs, research and develop new technologies and explore the grower problems in India, Singh added further.
Outlining other India-centric innovations, Kumar announced that Syngenta India will soon launch a Grower App that gives digital agronomy advice for nine crops including cotton, wheat, vegetables, rice and maize in multiple languages.
Kumar informed that “the Grower App will consist of a personalized crop calendar based on farmer’s sowing date, planting method, planting material, and soil nutrition status; weather-based advisory or alerts; nutrient recommendations; image-based disease diagnostic model; and an interactive community platform where farmers can share their stories and queries to be answered by experts.”
“The app is built using our Cropwise technology platform, and tailored to India, and with that we are bringing our global innovation in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to create benefits for the Indian farmers,” informed Sheikh.
The App is working on including satellite imagery for identification of crop stress, stress indicator model as every crop needs a particular weather requirement at its different crop growth stages. The App will also map ideal weather conditions against the crop growth stage and compare them with concurrent climatic conditions. It will have recommendations on spraying of agrochemicals required for saving crops from pests and diseases according to the threats.