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OptCrops

Project author: sarkar@tlu.ee
Empowering farmers with OptCrops a Smart Assistant for farming problems.

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Sunandan Sarkar
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  • sarkar@tlu.ee

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Sunandan Sarkar

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This project has no supervisor

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  • sarkar@tlu.ee

Project Description

Agriculture plays a pivotal role in accelerating the economic growth of a given economy. The primary sector of an economy comprises agricultural and other activities and contributes a significant amount to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Agriculture provides food and raw materials to many industries, agriculture also provides employment opportunities to very large percentage of the population which form the backbone of the nation. Most importantly, it helps a nation to strive by providing food and other agrarian products. For example, Bangladesh is predominantly an agricultural country where farmers rely on knowledge transferred from one generation to another to do their work. This means that the farming techniques are still old, and modern ways of farming are scarcely used. This leads to several crop diseases (bacteria or plant virus) such as Early blight, Late blight, leaf blight, Bacterial wilt, Potato mop-top, Phomopsis Blight, Downy Mildew, etc. As a result, diseases are the important constraints towards production of sustainable higher yields. Cheap Smartphones are spreading to the farmers faster than ever before and Internet is full of resources on modern farming, but accessing all information online is difficult because the available contents are hard to understand and use, as well as complexity of existing app’s UI. OptCrops is a project aiming to educate farmers with the agricultural best practice. It is an educational digital platform for farmers with super Simple UI, which teaches farmers practical modern farming skills, from seeding to harvest, and improve the productivity of their farm. This platform built with accessibility in its core, utilizes features such as voice recognition and quick disease diagnostic, provide audio-visual educational materials to allow ease of use for the target group. Furthermore, it’s an interconnection platform where farmers can share their farming related problems. OptCrops focus on empowering farmers with knowledge of practical modern farming skills, which they can easily access anytime by voice command. Project Team Members: Sunandan Sarkar is Social Entrepreneur from Bangladesh, Limbaroyati is Designer from Indonesia, Prem Shah is Strategy developer from Nepal, and our project advisor is Kalle Kyyrö from Finland. We all four have come together to save smallholder farmers from our society by taking them to digital-land.

Project Impact

It is clear that this project has the capacity to have significant impacts on crop yield. These impacts take place through improved of productivity, saved time, digital literacy, increased farmer incomes and knowledge of modern practical farming techniques. Generally, more important in reducing social problem such as poverty, hunger and social status discrimination.

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