Khetibuddy releases inaugural ‘Agtech Impact Report’ for 2021

The 2021 Report shares Khetibuddy's work for farmers in a few districts of Maharashtra that has helped in improving farming practices measured on five different parameters.

Khetibuddy Agritech startup, today released its first-ever Impact Report highlighting how it has improved farming habits through its agtech platform. The 2021 Report, which will be updated annually, shares Khetibuddy’s work for farmers in a few districts of Maharashtra that has helped in improving farming practices measured on five different parameters.

Vinay Nair, Co-founder and CEO, Khetibuddy, said, “We believe that science and technology has the power to transform the current state of agriculture. Our commitment to the farmers extends beyond just software solutions; the idea is to have a real impact on the ground which has to be beneficial for the farmer.”

Khetibuddy claims to have a template for scaling this for other agribusinesses to serve their farmers. Vinay Nair added that Khetibuddy wants to share its learning with them and offer this as a service along with its technology solution.

According to Khetibuddy, under the Yield Quality Enhancement (YQE) metric, the start-up intervened to improve and enhance specific contents of produce via agricultural practices. To raise the marketability of the farm produce and farmer’s revenue, KhetiBuddy has helped farmers increase the curcumin content in Turmeric and germination rate in Onion seed by up to 30%.

The Yield Quantity Increment metric developed by Khetibuddy shows direct impact on the livelihood of the farmers belonging to climate-vulnerable regions where the yield is in direct correlation to the vagaries of nature. This has helped the farmers of Khetibuddy achieve more than 28% increase in yield of Sugarcane and 35% in Turmeric.

Then there is Input Cost Reduction metric that makes weather-based recommendations for preventive approach in pest and disease management and optimization of nutrient usage via remote sensing technology helps farmers save big. Khetibuddy claims that by inducing sustainable agricultural practices to preserve soil biology, the total input consumption and costs changed for farmers. Khetibuddy reduced overuse of fertilizers in Potato and reduced pesticides spraying in Cabbage.

The Avoid Crop Loss technology has thrust on the use of remote sensing technology for monitoring crop health along with preventive measures in farming which helps Khetibuddy to avoid crop losses in terms of quantity and quality.

Dr. Richa Nair Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Khetibuddy, informed, “With technology adoption on a high as well as access to smartphones and internet in rural parts of India, now more than ever is the time to do meaningful impact which is result driven for farmers. Our agri-first approach and emphasis on reduction of chemical load on plant ecology is weaved into the technology platform we represent.”

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